The 1999 born Prescott, ON native recently completed his final season of junior hockey with the Lumber Kings, totalling 45 points (10G, 35A) in 55 games of action. In 161 career games between the Lumber Kings, Cornwall Colts, Kemptville 73’s, and Smiths Falls Bears, Shankar totaled 96 points (37G, 59A).
Prior to his time in the CCHL, the power-forward played for the Timmins Rock (NOJHL) in 2016-17 and for the Brockville Braves (HEOMAAA) in 2015-16.
“Playing in Pembroke is an experience I will never forget,” said Shankar. “The fan support we got was second to none in the CCHL and could definitely compete for most passionate fans in the entire CJHL. Also, we had a great coaching staff with Army (Alex Armstrong), Roachy (Keith Roach), and Bready (Mike Bredlaw) who were all very good to us. They helped me develop into an NCAA player through video sessions which helped me correct my mistakes and practices. Being able to play with players such as Brady Egan and Fletcher Anderson helped me improve my game since they are both such skilled players who see the game very well. Playing in front of 500-800 fans every night during my last year of junior hockey and making lifelong friends in Pembroke was an unforgettable experience.
“I am very excited to be joining a good friend and former teammate in Alex Way at UCW,” continued Shankar. “He has had nothing but good things to say about the program and how it is run. Also, Business being one of the top programs at the school made it an easy choice for me since it is the field in which I would like to study. I believe it will be a good fit for me both athletically and academically.”
Shankar is the second member of the 2019-20 Lumber Kings to make a college commitment, joining teammate Andrew Poulias (Wisconsin-Stevens Point).