BCHL Today: Bourne commits to Brock, O’Rourke to attend Dalhousie, Clippers add Waters, and more…

Clippers forward Bourne commits to Brock University

Nanaimo Clippers leading scorer Joshua Bourne is off to Brock University to play USports hockey for the Badgers this September. Bourne is coming off a season where he had 29 goals and 29 assists for the Clippers and served as an alternate captain for the second straight season.

Over the course of his 2.5 season BCHL career, the 21-year-old from Richmond, BC posted 52 goals and 61 assists in 115 games. He also scored six goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.

Express forward O’Rourke commits to Dalhousie University

Coquitlam Express forward Ethan O’Rourke has committed to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and play for the Tigers starting this fall. The Penticton product had 16 goals and 11 assists in 31 games since joining the Express in October after being released by the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos.

O’Rourke spent just over 2.5 seasons in the WHL and put up 19 goals and 23 assists in 159 games with Swift Current, Everett, and Prince George. He also played 19 BCHL games with the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2016-17 and scored a goal and four assists.

Clippers add forward Waters

The Nanaimo Clippers added 18-year-old forward Brody Waters for the 2020-21 season. Waters, who’s from Heidelberg, Ontario, spent the last two seasons playing junior B with the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

In 68 games with the Sugar Kings, Waters posted 36 goals and 35 assists along with 100 penalty minutes. He added six goals and three assists in 16 GOJHL playoff games.

Waters was chosen in the fourth round, 61st overall by Owen Sound in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

Centennials expect to weather COVID-19 storm

In an interview on Radio NL in Kamloops, Merritt Centennials governor and past president Neil Menard expressed confidence in the Cents surviving the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 28, 2004

First Star: Nanaimo defenseman Jason Garrison had the winning goal and an assist as the Clippers beat Grande Prairie 3-1 to win the 2004 Doyle Cup championship series in five games.

Second Star: Clippers forward Tyson Mulock also chipped in with a goal and an assist in the win.

Third Star: Nanaimo forward AJ Gale opened the scoring for the Clippers seven minutes into the first period.

Honourable Mentions: Clippers goaltender Denis Berube stopped 28 shots. Storm netminder Brett Jaeger made 29 saves. Grande Prairie forward Josh Welter notched a goal in the loss.