Winnipeg Wild 17-18
It’s been quite a journey for the 20-year-old Esteves and he admits, it’s going to be a big step going from the NAHL to NCAA Division 1 play. But after a long career in minor and junior hockey in Winnipeg, Esteves is ready for the challenge.
I started out at River Heights Community Centre and played three or four years there. Then played for SJF (Sir John Franklin C.C.), then the Rangers and Monarchs for City Bantam, then a couple of games with the Monarchs City Midgets but I got the call from the (Provincial Triple A Midget) Wild and played a season with the Wild before moving on to play two years with the Blues.
“I’m really excited to sign with MSU and move on to play hockey at the next level. I am also extremely thankful to my parents and all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to where I am going. I would especially like to thank Coach Coombs and the Rebels organization.”
For the summer, Esteves has been working in the Pro Shop at the Bell MTS Iceplex and also with the kids at the Jets Hockey Academy. He has a younger brother Marco, who played with the City Midget champion Monarchs last season.
He intends to take Business Management at Michigan State. Meanwhile, the Spartans were 7-24-4 last season so Esteves should get a chance to play as a freshman.
Considering how far he’s come and the decisions he’s already had to make, he should be ready for anything that’s thrown in his way.
Check out the photo tab for some great game shots of the Interlake, Eastman and Capitals games compliments of Char Shatsky.
2016-17 Manitoba Champions