Veteran Seaforth defenseman Searles commits to ACHA's Florida Gulf Coast University for fall of 2020

by Matt Mackinder

After three seasons with the CPJHL's Seaforth Generals, defenseman Jared Searles is off to play college hockey for Florida Gulf Coast University, starting with the 2020-21 season.

The 2001-born Stratford, Ont., native recently committed to the ACHA program, located in Fort Myers, Fla.

"They say hard work pays off, and it looks like it’s taking me to Florida this fall to play the game I love the most," said Searles. "First off, I’d like to thank my family for supporting my dreams and goals of playing college hockey. Second, I’d like to thank the Seaforth Generals and the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League for allowing me the opportunity play, grow and develop my skills, as well as giving me an opportunity that I wouldn’t have received otherwise.

"Lastly, I’d like to thank the amazing coaches and great teammates that I’ve had the pleasure to play with other the years. I am very excited to see where this journey takes me over the next four years."

During the 2019-20 season, Searles collected five goals and 15 points in 36 games.

Over his three years with the Generals, Searles went for 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points over 116 games.

“Cereal Box is a coaches dream," said Seaforth coach TJ Runhart. "His work ethic is second to none, he’s a smart kid, and he’s a sponge. He wanted to get better and better each time we hit the ice. 

“He was always the first one at the rink, the first one on the ice, and he wasn’t afraid to stop you after practice or a game for advice, thoughts or just a quick chat about how things are going."

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