Avery Sturtz Commits to Utica College

June 20, 2022

The Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League is proud to announce that 3-year goaltender, Avery Sturtz, has committed to further his hockey career at NCAA D3, Utica college.

Avery Sturtz was with the Nordiques organization since day one. Avery came into “main” camp as a 2001 birth year player who had to earn his spot on the Nordiques. Avery has had his name on the Maine Nordiques roster ever since they were a team and is a model player and the epitome of what a Nordique is.

Avery’s rookie season was in 2019-2020 when he came into the NAHL and really learned what it was like to be a Nordique and what the NAHL had to offer. Avery recorded five wins including a shutout in the covid shortened season. Avery was also able to skate with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL as well.

In Avery’s second season he grew more and more into a starting goaltender while putting up very impressive numbers. During the season he went 12-9-1 with a 2.75 GAA and a .906 save percentage to help lead the Nords to their first East Division title. Avery came out of his second season ready to win the role of starter in year three.

In the 2021-2022 campaign Avery was named the Nordiques starting goaltender and was relied upon heavily throughout the season in starts and when they needed big saves. Avery finished the season with a 16-17-4-1 record and a 3.63 GAA. He also sported a .904 save percentage which lead the team in that category. Avery also finished 13th in the NAHL in minutes played with 2215.

For his career, Avery finished with 33 wins in the NAHL. When asked about Avery and what he meant to the organization General Manager Eric Soltys stated:
“Avery represents everything that the Maine Nordiques want to be known as. He has outstanding compete and will be a fantastic addition to the Utica program. “

Best of luck to the original Nordique Avery Sturtz! We will be cheering you on and following your career closely!