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There are a lot of options for players who wish to continue their playing career after juniors, and after college. Some of them are overseas, and that’s the option that was pursued by Wild alum Alex Bontje.

After two and a half seasons with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the OJHL, defenseman Alex Bontje was selected by the Wenatchee Wild in the 2013 NAHL Entry Draft. He played in 41 games for the Wild in the 2013-14 season and was known more for his defensive play, though he did contribute a handful of assists over the year.

His consistency earned him a spot on the blueline at Robert Morris University, where he played 146 games over four seasons, earned a solid +56 rating. He was named alternate captain as a junior, and wore the captain’s “C” in his senior campaign with the Colonials.

Bontje, at 6’0”, 200 lbs. from Nobleton, Ontario, Canada opted to play pro hockey for the Dogs de Cholet in western France in the 2018-19 season. There are four levels of professional hockey in France, with the lowest teams relegated down and the top teams moved up. Cholet finished the season in the middle of the pack.

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