North York Rangers defenceman Isa Parekh recently announced his commitment to play NCAA hockey for the Bemidji State Beavers in Division Ⅰ (Central Collegiate Hockey Association – CCHA). Parekh will head to Bemidji, Minnesota to play for the Beavers beginning next season.

The 19-year-old defenceman is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to play in ‘The State of Hockey.’

“Bemidji State has a winning culture. The coaches were very persistent in recruiting me, and they allow their team to play an offensive style which allows them to succeed. That is a main reason I chose to go to Bemidji.” Parekh said. “It means the world to me that I am able to play in Minnesota, as it is one of the largest hockey fan bases in the world, and the fans at Bemidji are the best in college hockey.

“Their facilities are top-of-the-line, allowing for an incredible college hockey experience. I can’t wait to go and play in front of their fans, for the coaches and for all my future teammates. I’m so happy I’m going to be Beaver.”

Parekh is in his second season full season with the Rangers. He has come out of the gate hot while playing an increased role on the Rangers blueline. Parekh has 2 goals and 11 assists for a team-leading 13 points in just seven games. Those 13 points also tie him with Cooper Bertrand of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Stewart Crossley of the Burlington Cougars for the OJHL lead in points by a defenceman.

Parekh, his brother Aydin and the rest of the Rangers hit the ice once again on Friday night in Trenton for a 7:30 puck drop against the Golden Hawks.