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Despite taking a year away from hockey, in addition to losing most of a year to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eli Shiller is continuing his hockey career south of the border after committing the the Plattsburgh State University Cardinals.
Shiller joined the Dukes in the pandemic lost 2020-21 season after 2 impressive seasons with the North York Rangers of the OJHL. Shiller and the Dukes were able to play games against local rivals the Trenton Golden Hawks as part of the inaugural Hasty P’s Cup that put the two CJHL perennial power houses against each other in an 8 game series.
During his overage season in 2021-22, Shiller stepped away from the game due to personal reasons. Dukes Head Scout Rob Ridgley noted that despite the year off, Shiller stayed committed to his game. “Eli took last year off to help with family matters and continued to maintain his training to become an elite goaltender. Eli’s work ethic and commitment to his team were second to none. The Dukes staff and players wish him nothing but the best at Plattsburgh State.”
Shiller himself stated he was excited to start a new chapter in his hockey journey and was appreciative of the Dukes for playing a roll in his development. “Super excited for this new opportunity and wanted to thank the Dukes for their role in my development as a player and person.”
Shiller becomes the 10th member of Dukes 2021-22 team that has committed to higher level of hockey. The Dukes wish Eli nothing but success at Plattsburgh State and are excited to watch his career continue as a member of the Cardinals hockey program.