From Burnaby, B.C., the Ontario Tech men’s hockey team is pleased to welcome defenceman Alek Sukunda to their 2022-23 roster.
The Moose Jaw Warriors chose him in the sixth round of the Western Hockey League (WHL) draft after excelling during his minor hockey career with the Burnaby Winter Club (BWC).
Sukunda finished his 2017-18 season with the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) after playing two seasons in Major Midget with the British Columbia Elite Hockey League (BCEHL). He followed that with two seasons on the roster with the Moose Jaw Warriors, appearing in a total of 72 games, where he then returned to the BCHL lineup playing with the Coquitlam Express.
After a shortened 2020-21 season, appearing in 20 games, the Nanaimo Clippers acquired the defenceman from the Express during their 2021-22 year. Sukunda finished his with the Clippers where he appeared in 23 regular season games, finishing with a goal and eight assists. He followed that with two assists over 16 playoff games with Nanaimo, losing the BCHL final to Penticton.
“Alek was the ultimate teammate and competitor. It’s no coincidence that after adding him our team culture became more defined,” said Colin Birkas, Clippers head coach and GM. “He is a big, strong right shot defenceman that plays with courage, defends well, and makes smart plays.”
Ridgebacks head coach Curtis Hodgins says he is looking forward to the addition of Sukunda to their defensive core.
“We are looking forward to adding Alek to our blueline group here at Ontario Tech,” said Hodgins. “His character reports from previous coaches was off the charts and from all accounts he is a great dressing room presence. We were looking to add a coveted right hand shot back there, someone who could defend and be tough to play against and Alek was a real good fit.”