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NORWALK -- Josh Victor came to the Connecticut Oilers from deep in the heart of Texas hoping that playing junior hockey in the Northeast would lead to a college opportunity.
Victor will get a chance to realize his dream as the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman has announced a commitment to attend Fitchburg State in Massachusetts beginning in the fall.
"It's a relief because the past four years of my life I've been bouncing around not knowing what I was going to do the next year," Victor said. "It's nice to have my next four years planned out."
Victor, who grew up in Killeen in the central part of Texas, hardly followed the most traditional path to college hockey.
The closest rink to his home was almost an hour away in Austin, and it also happened to be the only one in town. Ice time was scarce.
"It's an amazing story, coming from Texas now to go play in the NCAA," Oilers' coach Eric Lind said. "The credit goes to Josh for his commitment and how hard he's worked over the last few years."