Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles are proud to congratulate forward Christian Fitzgerald on his commitment to Minnesota State University in the NCAA. It’s the first NCAA Division 1 commit of the new season, and the most recent following Carter King’s commitment to Denver University earlier this summer.
Fitzgerald came to the Eagles training camp last season after playing 4 years with the Delta Hockey Academy. It wasn’t easy, but Fitzgerald earned a full time spot on the team after playing 5 games as an affiliate player, and scoring his first BCHL goal. Fitzgerald was committed on October 3, 2019, and proceeded to play in 44 games, scoring 3 goals and 6 points. However, it was in the playoffs where ‘Fitzy’ shined brightest. Fitzgerald matched his regular season point totals in the 7 game series with an identical 3 goals and 3 assists. His last 2 goals in the series were game winning goals in games 6 & 7 to help the Eagles come from behind and win the series.
Fitzgerald is the epitome of working for everything you get. Fitzgerald went from an unsigned AP, to a bottom 6 player, to a top 9 player, and now finds himself as one of the best players on an Eagles team looking to contend for the Fred Page Cup Championship this season. Fitzgerald’s combination of size and speed makes him a tough assignment for any defenseman in the BCHL.
Fitzgerald is excited about the opportunity in front of him. “I’m super excited to be a part of such a great program moving forward.” When asked about why he chose Minnesota State to continue his career, Fitzgerald explained, “Their rich coaching history, and their ability to win consistently was something which was really intriguing for me and my family.”
Eagles Head Coach Cam Keith talked about Fitzgerald earlier in training camp and his words about his team’s newest commit ring true. “One kid who continues to surprise is Fitzy. He had a really big playoffs, but maybe a lot of people in the hockey world thought it was a situation in which he was playing with adrenaline. He’s proving himself every day, and every game he shows that he’ll be a big time player in [the BCHL]. He had to battle, he was a 4th line player for us last year, didn’t complain, put his head down and did it the right way. He’s the perfect example of if you work hard enough, you’re going to acquire the skill to succeed in any level. We’re proud of him and expect him to succeed moving forward.”