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Oil Barons Dunn commits to the University of Maine

Last Updated Jan 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm MDT

Fort McMurray Oil Barons defenceman Kabore Dunn/Dan Lines Photography

When Kabore Dunn first showed up in Fort McMurray during training camp of this season, he immediately started turning heads with his high skill level.

The 18 year old defenceman can create something out of nothing and possesses a skill set that most players can only dream of.

As the season has worn on, Dunn has no longer just been turning heads in Fort McMurray, but instead across the hockey community.

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons announced Friday that Dunn has committed to the University of Maine Black Bears for the 2020-2021 season.

“Maine is a school with a very rich history in hockey and it is an honour to have the opportunity to contribute to their growing tradition,” said Dunn. “Hockey East is arguably the best conference in college hockey, so I’m very excited for the challenge of playing against future pros every night.”

The Mill Bay, BC native is fourth in team scoring having amassed six goals and 22 points in 39 games this season.

“Kabore’s a skilled defenceman that possesses excellent skating and puck skills,” said Oil Barons Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.“His hockey IQ and vision for the ice sets him apart. He’s been a great addition to our team and as an organization, we’re very happy for him.”

With a commitment locked up and knowing where he will play next season, Dunn will now look ahead to the upcoming NHL Draft in Montreal this June.

In October, he was named to the NHL’s Central Scouting Watch List, one of five AJHL players. Dunn will also be heading to Hamilton, ON later this month to participate in the CJHL Top Prospect’s game.

“Living in Fort McMurray this year has showed me how close a community can be,” said Dunn who plans to pursue a business degree while at Maine.

“There’s nothing better than skating on the ice and having amazing fans cheering for you. I’ve been very lucky to have so much support from our coaches, who’ve trusted me and have played me in every game situation. I would not be where I am without their support and the support of my teammates.” 

The MOB are back in action Friday night when they kick off a three game road trip in Canmore against the Eagles. You can listen to the action on Country 93.3 with Taylor Pope.