The 2022-23 has yet to reach the halfway mark, but the Wellington Dukes have already made an impression on NCAA Universities south of the border as forward Jared Langdon has committed to to the Clarkson University Golden Knights.
Langdon, still only 15 years old, joined the Dukes this off-season from the Quinte Red Devils AAA program. After his U16 season, the 6’0 185 pound forward was selected in the 4th round, 74th overall, by the Owen Sound Attack in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection draft. Langdon chose to keep his NCAA options open and joined the Dukes after a successful camp with the Attack.
Even as one of the youngest players in the entire OJHL, Langdon made and immediate impact with the Dukes. At the OJHL Governor’s Showcase, Langdon scored his first junior goal against the Caledon Admirals, which turned out the be the game winner in a 7-1 Dukes triumph. Dukes GM/Head Coach Derek Smith stated that Langdon’s hard work on and off the ice were a big reason why he was able to transition to junior hockey. “The sky is the limit with Jared. His work ethic on and off the ice is second to none. He really has a win the day mentality as he looks to improve each and every day” said Smith.
Langdon state that he is looking forward to the opportunity to play hockey and study while at Clarkson. “I am thankful for the opportunity to attend Clarkson University. It is a highly respected school and has an incredible hockey program”.
Langdon will follow in the footsteps of several former Dukes alumni who played for Clarkson. Paul Karpowich, David Pratt, Joe Zarbo and Simon Bessette dawned the Golden Knights jerseys after their junior careers with the Dukes.