It was announced on Tuesday (March 12, 2019) that 20-year-old defenseman, #8 Bradley Stonnell, is the latest Dragon to commit to an NCAA program for next season.
In his final season with the Drumheller Dragons, the 5’11 defenseman from Surrey, BC will join the Robert Morris University Colonials for the 2019-2020 season. The Colonials play in the Atlantic Conference in the NCAA Division 1.
Stonnell was drafted by the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL) at the start of the 2017-18 season and would play with them for a short time before returning to the Dragons. The brief USHL experience motivated Stonnell to work harder at his game and it was the lessons he learned playing in the USHL that he applied to the AJHL.
“Seeing how those Division 1 players play and their mindset,” Stonnell reflects. “A lot of guys get drafted in that league so you kind of see where you want to get to. Definitely took away a lot, how fast they play the game and think the game, you want to get your mindset up there and just a great experience. I took that back and tried to bring it back to the dressing room and lead by my actions on the ice.”
Stonnell had his 16-game stint with Cedar Rapids end in disappointment. Still, he returned to Drumheller with a positive outlook and went on to put up a record-setting season in 2018-19, his final AJHL season. He scored his 25th career goal becoming the Drumheller Dragons’ All-Time leading scorer amongst defensemen.
In 109 career games Bradley Stonnell has 25 goals, 53 assists, 78 points.