First Nations player keen to commence pro hockey career after earning university degree

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By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com

Clayton Kirichenko will be turning 26 at the end of February.
And then soon after that he can start focusing on a professional hockey career.
Kirichenko, a member of Sumas First Nation in British Columbia, has purposely put off trying to pursue a pro career to first obtain his university degree.
Kirichenko is in his final year of Kinesiology studies at the University of Alberta (U of A). He’s also in his final year of suiting up for the Golden Bears, the Edmonton-based university hockey squad.
Kirichenko, a defenceman, has been wearing the C, signifying the team’s captaincy this season. The team’s coaching staff...continued.

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