Kevin Pitts started the 2019-2020 season entering his last year of junior hockey eligibility, he journeyed north to join the Maine Nordiques for their Inaugural season and lead his team on and off the ice.
Kevins grit on the ice gave him the ability to score the big goals whenever needed, the season saw him tally 14 goals and 25 assists, good for 39 points in his 51 games played. Pittsy was very disciplined on the ice, only racking up 26 penalty minutes in his 51 games played, not only was his discipline noticed but a sense of having ice in the veins as well, his 2 game-winning goals came against the Midwest leading Kenai River Brown Bears with just 2 minutes left and the East-leading New Jersey Titans.
Pitts Goals always came in clutch scoring in big games. Even if the Nordiques didn’t end up winning Pittsy would give the Nordiques a chance to win with the timely goals he scored. It gave the Nords something that you can’t measure on the scoreboard: momentum.
Pitts had a team-leading 9 games with 2 points or more. Kevin also wore the “A” with the Nordiques as his leadership, junior hockey experience, and grit on the ice earned him the honor. Kevin was also well-loved from the fans in Nordique Nation and he would never shy away from a fan conversation.
Associate head coach Matt Pinchevsky said of him that “Recruiting a young man like Kevin Pitts was such a pleasure. He benefited our community and hockey club in so many ways. Pittsy will have a positive impact at the next level, for sure.” Kevin’s next level will be a big step up for him and a great chance to shine on the NCAA stage.
Head Coach Nolan Howe said of him that “Kevin was an amazing leader and impact person for the Maine Nordiques in our inaugural season. He showed up ready to work day in and day out, he held himself and others accountable, and his compete level was second to none. We have tremendous respect for the Pioneer Program at Utica College, it’s a fantastic place to play collegiate hockey, in a great league, and we certainly believe they have added a terrific young man. We wish Kevin the very best and look forward to celebrating his future success with him as he will always be a part of the Nordiques family.”
The Utica Pioneers are a Nationally Ranked team in NCAA D3. Utica is a widely recognized school with many achievements academically and on the ice. Most recently the Pioneers were champions of the UCHC conference. Utica has sent nearly 34% of its players to the pros after playing in a pioneers uniform
Kevin started with the Nordiques as a 1999 birth year junior hockey veteran and is now off to play NCAA Division 3 hockey. best of luck Pittsy!