Austin defenseman Shields makes NCAA commitment
The Austin Bruins, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Jaden Shields has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Adrian College.
Shields, 20, just completed a successful four years of junior hockey. The 5’11/190 lbs. native of Royal Oak, Michigan, put up more good numbers during the 2019-20 season, recording 25 points (4 goals, 21 assists) from the blueline in 45 games played.
Shields was also selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, his second appearance in the event.
“Jaden really grew as a player and a person over his four years of junior hockey. He is a very driven player that is always wanting to get better through extra ice and video. He is a well-rounded defenseman that can play in all situations and he will be a big asset to Adrian,” said Austin head coach Steve Howard.
Shields first full season with the Bruins was in 2016-17, when he appeared in 43 games and had 12 points as a rookie. The next season was Shields’ breakout year as he posted 29 points in 57 games played. He was also selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Selects White team.
Shields spent the 2018-19 campaign in the USHL before returning to Austin as an assistant captain this past season. In 147 career NAHL games, Shields posted 66 points.
Prior to playing junior hockey, Shields played his youth hockey for the Little Caesars AAA program in Michigan.
At Adrian College, Shields will join former Bruins defenseman Terry Ryder who manned the blue-line for Austin in 2018-19 and former Bruins forward Matt Eller.