Jr. Kings grad Maruya makes NCAA Division I plans

Former Los Angeles Jr. King Taylor Maruya has committed to play his NCAA Division I hockey at Army for the 2015-16 season.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward from Westchester totaled eight goals and 16 assists in 51 games this past season for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Maruya signed with the club in the summer of 2013. His hard-hitting style of play and smooth skating abilities helped him win the Silverbacks’ Rookie of the Year Award this past season.

“We’re extremely happy for Taylor and his family,” said Silverbacks president, governor and general manager Troy Mick. “Taylor was one of the hardest-working, most dedicated players for the ‘Backs this past season, and we look forward to another great season from Taylor before he moves on to Army. We’re very proud of his accomplishments.”

Army, located in West Point, N.Y., is a member of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

"I'm extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to play at West Point,” said Maruya. “It's going to be an exciting new chapter in my life, but I'm also looking forward to playing another season with the Silverbacks.

“I definitely didn't do it by myself; I'd like to thank my family, teammates, coaches and everyone else who has supported me along the way."