Charlottetown Islanders defenceman set to join Concordia
On Friday afternoon, the Concordia Stingers officially announced Charlottetown Islanders defenceman Carl Neill has signed a letter of intent and is set to join the university for the 2017-18 season.
Originally a ninth overall selection by the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, Neill was dealt away to the Sherbrooke Phoenix just prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. Neill quickly found his comfort zone with the Phoenix, being named to the 2013 Canada Quebec U17 roster for the WHC-U17 tournament. Neill would go on to play 289 games with Sherbrooke while winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, and being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, 144th overall. After starting his overage season with Sherbrooke, Neill was again traded, this time to Charlottetown, where he would finish his junior career after being eliminated by Blainville-Boisbriand in the 2017 President’s Cup semi-finals.
Neill now joins a Concordia program which has seen its recent recruit classes flourish under head coach Marc-André Element. Neill is now Concordia’s fourth official recruit of the offseason, alongside fellow QMJHLers, Massimo Carozza (Cape Breton), Alexis Pépin (Val-d’Or), and Julio Billia (Chicoutimi).