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Patriots Defenseman is Headed to SUNY-Fredonia

By Steve Stein, 03/25/20, 2:15PM EDT


Kieran Furlonger is taking his talents to SUNY-Fredonia. The Potomac Patriots defenseman will continue his hockey career at the Division III school after being a solid member of the blue line for three seasons for the Patriots’ Premier Division team in the United States Premier Hockey League.

Furlonger served as the team’s captain this season. The Canadian played in 127 games for the Patriots over the three seasons and had nine goals and 38 assists. He had three goals and 15 assists in 43 games this season. “SUNY-Fredonia is a fantastic fit for Kieran, both for hockey and academically,” said Patriots Premier team coach Zachary Vit. “I’m confident he’ll play at a high level there.” Furlonger said he was in contact with SUNY-Fredonia coaches all three years he was with the Patriots, so making the decision to go there wasn’t a tough one.

“I really like the SUNY-Fredonia campus, the hockey facilities, the team and the coaches,” he said. “Academically, the small classes attracted me. I’m undecided about my major, but I’m not worried about that because they have great resources there for student-athletes, min fact, all the students there.”

Enrollment at SUNY-Fredonia this school year is 4,655, including 4,431 undergraduates. Furlonger said he’s a defensive-minded defenseman, but he can contribute offensively and he plans to do that in college with the Blue Devils.

“I have a two-way skill set,” the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder said. Achieving his dream of playing college hockey hasn’t made an impact on Furlonger yet. “It probably won’t hit me until I get to SUNY-Fredonia for the season,” he said. “But it is cool to say I’m going to be playing college hockey.” The SUNY-Fredonia campus is about 40 miles southwest of Buffalo, N.Y.

Before he heads to New York, Furlonger will spend the summer at home in Mill Bay, B.C., a town of about 3,200 located about 20 miles north of the province capital of Victoria.

What are his summer plans? “I need to find a job,” Furlonger said. “I’ll also be working out on and off the ice to get ready for the season.”