Joseph Nardi signs to play with Northern Michigan University hockey team

MARQUETTE — Joseph Nardi of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Northern Michigan University hockey team this fall.

He spent the past three seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines, totaling 136 points on 47 goal and 89 assists in 161 regular-season games. He added 25 points, (8-17) in 31 playoff contests.

Nardi also played on Team Canada West’s top line at the past two World Junior A Challenges. He helped his squad capture gold in 2015 and served as an alternate captain in 2016, finishing each tournament with four points in four games.

“Joseph is an explosive skater who will provide a high pace of play to the game,” NMU assistant coach Rob Lehtinen said. “His ability to make people around him better and play on both sides of the puck will be a nice addition to our lineup. Joseph shows great character as a person and will compete every day in practice and in the classroom.”

In 2016-17, Nardi captained the Wolverines and posted his best offensive numbers in goals (18), assists (35) and points (53). He led Whitecourt to the AJHL finals, totaling 21 points (6-15) in 20 playoff games, third highest in the league.

He skated with rising junior James Vermeulen on the 2014-15 Wolverine squad and was named its co-rookie of the year.

Nardi becomes the fourth Alberta native on the 2017-18 Wildcat team, joining Anthony Paskaruk of Airdrie, Vermeulen of Stony Plain and Rylan Yaremko of Spirit River.