Kaden Hintz has exceled while competing in numerous high-level Canadian leagues during the past four years and is ready to help contribute to the success of the Waldorf University hockey team.
Hintz, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound forward who spent last season playing for the French River Rapids in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and the English River Miners in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL), recently signed a letter of intent with the Warriors.
“Kaden is a true power forward in every sense of the term,” Waldorf coach Brett Shelanski said. “He plays a gritty style and his size and skill are a welcome addition to our lineup. The physical presence that he brings helps to create time and space for himself and his teammates.”
During the 2013-14 campaign, Hintz had a breakout season for the Regina Capitals (Midget AA) in the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League (SSMHL) as he racked up 34 points with 17 goals and 19 assists. Aside from playing in 32 games for the Capitals, Hintz also appeared in six games for the Pense Silver Foxes in the Prairie Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and registered four points after turning in three goals and an assist.
Hintz was once again in PJHL during the 2014-15 season as a member of the Pilot Butte Storm. He made his debut in the NOJHL during the 2015-16 campaign with the Cochrane Crunch, delivering seven points with three goals and four assists in 15 games.
This past season in the NOJHL, Hintz was an impact player for French River as he tallied 16 points with four goals and 12 assists in just 22 games. He continued in the SIJHL with strong contributions for English River, notching 19 points with eight goals and 11 assists in 32 games.
After fighting through an injury last season, Hintz is eager to get back to work and continue his on-ice success while furthering his education at Waldorf.
“The opportunity for me to play at the college level means the world to me,” Hintz said. “I played injured last year and I was supposed to have a big year. Playing at the college level will allow me to prove how good I am. The part that excites me the most is getting an education. Waldorf is giving me a chance to be successful in life.”
Hintz becomes the sixth member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class as he joins former North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) goaltenders Ryall Purdy and Dominic Lamanno; along with three former Dells Ducks standouts Patrick Freeman, Sean Teske and Jaydn Munnelly.
The Warriors are coming off another successful year, recording their fifth straight season with at least 20 victories. They closed out the 2016-17 campaign with a 21-11-1 record, scoring nine wins over regionally-ranked opponents. During Waldorf’s final season in the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL), the Warriors turned in a 9-3 conference record to secure the No. 2 seed in the NCHL Tournament and also earned their fourth consecutive trip to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region Tournament.
Waldorf is set to become a charter member in the ACHA’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division this season. Moving into an elite division creates excitement for the program and Hintz is looking forward to the challenge of facing high-level competition.
“What made me choose Waldorf is the schooling and being in a brand new hockey league,” Hintz said. “I get a whole new life experience. I heard college is the best time of your life, so I’m going to try to enjoy it. I want to put this program on the map and I want to prove that this league will be as good as any other.”
Possessing experience in leagues featuring top-notch competition, Hintz is expected to make an immediate impact as he sets out to help the Warriors continue their tradition of success.
“Having played in both the NOJHL and SIJHL, Kaden has a proven resume at a very high level,” Shelanski said. “He is a highly-motivated student-athlete and we look forward to his contributions to our team.”