St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies continue the rebuild of their defensive corps with the addition of a sizeable defenseman from the Ontario Junior Hockey League. On April 24th, the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL announced the commitment of 19-year-old defenseman Kaleb Tiessen to the Huskies.
The 6’5″ 209-pound left-shooting defenseman from Windsor Ontario is the second recruit from the OJHL to commit to the Huskies since forward Jonathan Lehun of the St Michael’s Buzzers hit the ice for SCSU in the 2002-03 season. Current Huskies forward Ryan Rosborough played for the Markham Royals of the OJHL in 2019-20 but has yet to play a game for SCSU.
Tiessen was the top-scoring defenseman for the Cougars in 2021-22 and 8th on the team in points with 6 goals and 24 assists for 30 points in 54 games. He finished 8th among OJHL defensemen in points. With Canadien Junior hockey shut down during the pandemic in 2020-21, Tiessen was unable to log any games for the Collingwood Blues but did pick up 10 games for the Potomac Patriots (Va.) of the USPHL Premier league posting 6 assists in 10 games.
Neutral Zone, an amateur scouting service describes Tiessen as a “tall defenseman with a good skating stride and offensive touch you rarely find in a defenseman with his size. He has a good reach to break up plays, a heavy shot, top-end speed and likes to play a possession game with the puck.”
It appears Tiessen will return to the Burlington Cougars for the 2022-23 season before hitting the ice for the Huskies as a 21-year-old.