The Portage Terriers are pleased to announce that former defenceman Layne Toder has committed to the Red Deer College Kings (ACAC).
“I talked to the coaching staff at Red Deer and it seemed like the school and the team would be a really good fit for me,” says Toder. “They told me that I will have an opportunity to be in a good a spot and have a role on the team.” He has applied to the aviation program and is looking forward to the exciting opportunities a career in the air could provide.
“I kind of know the area, it’s not Calgary [where he played for the WHL’s Hitmen], but it’s a nice small community which is a good thing.”
The Elkhorn, MB product first joined the Terriers as a 16-year-old rookie in the 2016-17 season and put up 28 points in 44 games. Not only did he help the Terriers win the Turnbull Cup but he was named to the MJHL All Rookie Team.
Toder then went to the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) for three seasons and posted 27 points in 164 games. Partway through the 2019-20 campaign he rejoined the Terriers and was looking forward to being a part of hosting a National Championship but the playoffs were unfortunately cut short due to COVID-19.
“I learned a lot in my junior career that I will take with me to the next level. In Portage especially, I learned about a willingness to win.”
Toder played six games for Portage at the start of the 2020-21 season before being traded to Dauphin. He saw action in one game for the Kings before the MJHL season was shutdown.
The Terriers wish Toder the best of luck in Red Deer!