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Nanaimo Clippers: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The Nanaimo Clippers are coming off a season where they won the Island Division regular season title. The team has nine players committed to attend NCAA Division I schools this fall, including second-leading scorer Ethan Scardina.

Leading scorer Joshua Bourne played out his 20-year-old year and is ineligible to return. However, the Clippers offence in 2020-21 is buoyed by the return of newly minted captain Kyler Kovich, who had 39 points in 51 games this past season. Joining him is 25-goal man and third-leading scorer Josh Kagan.

There’s lots of veteran leadership on the blueline with Liam Visram, Trevor LeDonne and Robby Drazner all 20-year-olds next season. 17-year-old sophomore Jack O’Brien is already committed to attend Cornell University starting in the 2022-23 season.

In goal, there is strength in numbers as returnees Jordan Naylor and Zachary Bennett are two overage players who will battle for crease time. Naylor had the third-highest single-season save percentage in BCHL history in 2019-20.

The depth chart is based on coaches going with a 23-man roster of 13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders.

Graduating Players

Tyler Williams (Lake Superior State University)
Ethan Scardina (Bowling Green State University)
Mackenzie Merriman (Princeton University)
Sean Donaldson (University of Connecticut)
Tim Washe (Western Michigan University)
Steven Agriogianis (Northeastern University)
Mike Kennedy (Princeton University)
Aiden Hansen-Bukata (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Devon Mussio (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Travis Walton (Trinity Western University)
Joshua Bourne (aged out)
Scott Mahovlich (aged out)

Eligible Returnees

(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and eight defencemen)

Zack Dallazanna (00)
Liam Ryan (00)
Josh Kagan (01)
Brandon Dent (01)
Kyler Kovich (02)

Liam Visram (00)
Trevor LeDonne (00)
Robby Drazner (00)
Jack O’Brien (03)

Jordan Naylor (00)
Zachary Bennett (00)