NCAA D-III Bowdoin next stop for Golden native, Valor Christian, Thunderbirds graduate Wheeler
Luke Wheeler was looking for the best of both worlds when it came time to seek a college, one that had a solid hockey program as well as a strong academic experience.
He found both at Bowdoin College, an NCAA Division III school in Brunswick, Maine.
He will join the Bowdoin Polar Bears for their 2021-22 campaign.
“Bowdoin is a great school, hands down,” Wheeler said. “I wanted to go to a really good academic school with great hockey, and it ended up being Bowdoin.”
In the classroom, Wheeler said he is looking at a major in the medical field.
This season with the NAHL’s Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks, the 2000-born Wheeler has been one of the most consistent contributors on the team. In his third NAHL season, the Golden native has posted a career-high 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 32 games. He has also been a go-to faceoff man and has eaten crucial penalty kill time for the team.
“I want to be the best I can be (at Bowdoin),” said Wheeler. “I want to be a team guy. I know I’ll be a freshman, so I’ll have to learn and adjust to the environment, but I want to be the hardest worker, reliable and dependable when they need me.”
Wheeler began his NAHL career during the 2018-19 season with the Janesville Jets, recording five points in 22 games during his rookie season.
During the 2019-20 campaign, he split time between Janesville and the Corpus Christi IceRays, appearing in 40 games and recording 13 points (four goals, nine assists).
Overall in his three NAHL seasons, Wheeler has appeared in 94 regular-season games and recorded 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) to date.
Before junior hockey, Wheeler skated for the Colorado Thunderbirds and at Valor Christian High School.
(April 1, 2021)