The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Dominic de la Guardia has formally committed to play at Arkansas. A 5’10″, 180 lb, defenseman originally from Flower Mound, Texas, de la Guardia recently completed his final season of junior hockey with the Portland Junior Pirates of the USPHL. A 1995 birth year, de la Guardia has compiled substantial junior experience, including time with the Rochester Ice Hawks (MnJHL), Connecticut Nighthawks (EHL), and New Jersey Jr. Titans (MetJHL).
Said de la Guardia, “after visiting with the players and coaches I was convinced that the University of Arkansas is where I wanted to play college hockey. The organization is committed to winning a National Championship, which has always been my goal since day one.” From an academic standpoint, de la Guardia commented, “I strongly believe that the Walton School of Business will prepare me for life after graduation. I am very excited to follow in the footsteps of six of my Panamainin relatives by attending the University of Arkansas.”
De la Guardia joins F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA), D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL), D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL) as the fourth member of the 16-17 recruiting class.
The Arkansas hockey program recently finished its first season fielding two teams. The Division I team’s final ranking of #23 is the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII. The team’s #23 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season. Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.
The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules will be released in early summer. All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.