Ben Duffy is also looking to get a pro tryout during the offseason
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The P.E.I. Rocket’s all-time scoring leader is heading to Fredericton.
Ben Duffy will play for the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds this fall unless a pro tryout materializes during the offseason.
“I had a chance to meet with their coach and go down there for a visit and I thought it was just a good fit for me,” he told The Guardian Tuesday.
“They’re obviously a great organization and a place I think I can still develop and have a chance to play pro.”
The 21-year-old from Lower Sackville, N.S., is coming off his best season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Duffy had 39 goals and 71 assists in 68 games, leading the league with 110 points.
The five-foot-10, 175-pound centre hasn’t missed a game since 2008-09, his first year in the league.
He is the team’s all-time leader in career goals (139), assists (202) and points (341).
The perennial powerhouse Varsity Reds, coached by Bedeque’s Gardiner MacDougall, went 23-5 in the regular season and defeated the Saint Mary’s Huskies 2-0 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship.
Duffy said the winning tradition was part of the reason for his decision.
“Obviously, I want a chance to win a championship wherever I go and I think that’s a good bet to try to win one over there,” he said.
He also knows a few of the players, including captain Chris Culligan and Cam Critchlow.
Duffy has not heard much from pro teams.
“It’s still kind of early, hopefully something will come in the next month or so.”
Duffy was pleased to hear local owners had a tentative deal to buy the Rocket.
“It’s good it all worked out and to see them stay in P.E.I. is a great thing for that city.”