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West Kelowna Warriors: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The West Kelowna Warriors had a relatively good season, finishing third in the tough Interior Conference. The Warriors went into the playoffs and defeated the Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks in five games in the first and second rounds, respectively. However, they were eliminated by the Penticton Vees in a four-game sweep in the Interior Conference final.

West-K has 11 players committed to NCAA Division I schools, and two players aging out of junior hockey.

Warriors general manager and head coach Simon Ferguson has six forwards, three defenders, and one goaltender eligible to return in 2022-23 and no 20-year-olds returning next season.

These numbers will likely change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to West Kelowna.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders

Graduating Players

Felix Trudeau (University of Maine)
Marcus Joughin (Sacred Heart University)
John Evans (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Chase Dafoe (Providence College)
Tyler Cristall (St. Lawrence University)
Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (Yale University)
Tyler Rubin (Princeton University)
Charles-Alexis Legault (Quinnipiac University)
Pat Lawn (Bentley University)
Nicolas Ardanaz (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Tyson Jugnauth (University of Wisconsin)
Christophe Farmer (aged out)
Johnny Derrick (aged out)

Eligible Returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Brennan Nelson (03)
Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero (03)
Nick Roukounakis (03)
Damon Jugnauth (03)
Riley Sharun (03)
Cameron Hicklin (03)

Dylan Brooks (03)
Zach Reim (03)
Isaiah Norlin (03)

Justin Katz (04)