AMHERST - Andrew Flemming is soldiering on with his hockey career.
The Ramblers workhorse goalie the last two Maritime Junior A Hockey League seasons has committed to attend the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., where he'll suit up for the Paladins in Ontario University Athletics' Mid-East Division.
"I didn't have anything on the radar until about three weeks ago," said Flemming, a 21-year-old Quispamsis, N.B., native. "(Ramblers forward) Adam Chipman is supposed to be coming there next year, so I started asking around, and within a week or so, I was in."
Flemming plans to study business management and will be listed as a reservist with the navy.
"I'm still wondering a bit on what I want to do," he said. "Both my grandparents served in the army, so I figured why not try and open some new horizons.
"I'll put in my class time and do training in the summer, but I won't owe any years of service. I have the option to change that the following year, so we'll see where things stand then."
Flemming figures he has a shot at seeing some playing time right away, with RMC's No. 1 goalie - Wallace native Adam Briggs - not returning this season.
The Paladins were 8-18-2 last season, and are not a powerhouse program in the OUA. RMC has yet to win an Ontario championship.
"It's an opportunity to play some games if I earn it, and that's my goal," Flemming said.
If his years in Amherst are any indication, Flemming should be well-suited for the jump to university hockey. He logged 6,925 minutes between the pipes in 121 regular-season games during his three years with the Ramblers, recording 58 wins and a 3.02 goals-against average, a .912 save percentage and five shutouts.
In 20 playoff contests, Flemming was 10-10 with a 3.00 GAA, .911 save percentage and two shutouts.
Flemming leaves for Kingston in a month, where he'll be working at RMC's summer hockey camp prior to the fall semester.
He's training with University of New Brunswick goalie Travis Fullerton for the next couple of weeks. Fullerton won a Canadian Interuniversity Sport title with UNB in March, and was named the national tournament's all-star goalie.
"Jumping up to any level will be an adjustment," said Flemming. "Junior was a new experience for me, and this will be, too. I'm excited about it."