Former Nelson Leafs goalie signs with Vermont

Former Nelson Junior Leafs goaltender Billy Faust has signed with the University of Vermont for the fall of 2012.

Former Nelson Junior Leafs goaltender Billy Faust has signed with the University of Vermont for the fall of 2012.

Currently backstopping the Nanaimo Clippers, the 5’11” puck stopper committed to the Catamounts earlier this month.

“We are very proud of Billy,” Clippers head coach Mike Vandekamp said on the BCHL website. “He has been a solid member of our hockey club both on and off the ice and is very deserving of this opportunity.

“The University of Vermont will be a great place for Billy to develop as a player while obtaining a top notch education.”

Faust, a native of Alta Loma, Calif. has compiled a 20-21 record this year and has a 2.88 goals-against average to go along with a .912 save percentage and four shutouts. In 68 BCHL games over the last three seasons, he is 32-28.

Faust played two seasons with the Nelson Leafs starting in 2008-09 where the club won a KIJHL championship.

At Vermont, Faust will join his former teammate Kyle Mountain who he played with last season in Penticton.

The Catamounts play in the NCAA Division I Hockey East conference and have produced current NHLers Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas.