Saints reload roster for run at fourth consecutive BCIHL title
With a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship now part of the history books, the Selkirk College Saints continue to build towards continued success.
The hockey program is pleased to announce the playing commitments of Brett Huber and Nelson Hurry to attend and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2015-2016 BCIHL season. Both players are fresh off successful junior careers with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Summerland Steam.
Huber is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound goaltender who recently led the Steam to the second round of the playoffs and helped the team set a franchise record for goals against average in a season with 2.71.
The Calgary native was the backbone of the Steam, posting three shutouts, a 2.38 GAA and .916 save percentage in 31 appearances while posting a winning record of 17-11-2 during the regular season. Huber was among the league leaders in all goaltending categories.
“I chose Selkirk College because it’s the right fit to keep developing my hockey skills while getting an education,” says Huber.
“I can’t say enough about my time in Summerland, everyone there made my junior career unforgettable. Playing there helped me develop tremendously on and off the ice.”
According to the team blog, Huber leaves the Steam as the franchise leader in games played (92), goals against average (2.90), save percentage (.910), minutes played (5,059) and shots faced (2,664) while being awarded team MVP the past two seasons.
Huber is described as a very calm, positional goaltender who can win big games.
“Brett is a quality goaltender who has been very consistent over the past few seasons,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin. “I have had my eye on him for quite some time and we are very lucky to have Brett join our program.”
Huber is joined in the 2015-2016 recruiting class by Hurry, the younger brother of former Saints’ standout goaltender Chris Hurry.
Standing at 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Hurry joins the Saints after playing 148 games on the blueline in the KIJHL. Hurry will bring a dedicated work ethic both in academics and athletics to the Saints program.
“Nelson is a great teammate and hard worker,” says Evin. “He has many similar characteristics that his brother Chris had and I know he will fit right in with our team.”
Both players arrive to the Saints with high regard from their former coach.
“The Summerland Steam is very proud to that Brett and Nelson have committed to play for Selkirk College in the upcoming season,” says Steam head coach John Depourcq.
“Both players have been a pleasure to coach and instrumental in the success of our team over the last three seasons. Their work ethic, ability, and leadership skills will be a real asset at the college level, not only on the ice, but in the classroom.”
Huber plans to enroll in the University Arts and Sciences Program at Selkirk College with a concentration on Psychology, while Hurry plans to enrol in the two-year Associate of Science Degree Program and work towards a degree in Kinesiology in the future.
Huber and Hurry join the 2015-2016 Saints recruiting class of forwards Dallas Calvin (Trail, BCHL), Troy Maclise (Osoyoos, KIJHL) and Marcel Fuchs (Creston, KIJHL).