West Kelowna Warriors forward Liam Blackburn plans to play his university hockey in New Hampshire.

Blackburn makes NCAA commitment

West Kelowna Warriors' top-scoring forward earns a commitment from the University of New Hampshire

West Kelowna Warriors forward Liam Blackburn has committed to the NCAA University of New Hampshire Wildcats.

Blackburn, from Prince George, who currently leads the BCHL in scoring through the first three weeks of the season, met with UNH’s assistant coach at the showcase, and then flew down to the campus for a tour immediately after that weekend.

“I really liked the campus, it was like a forest walking from the facility to the dorms,” he said following his visit, “and it helps that there are guys on the team already that played in this league so there are familiar faces that I got to meet as well.”

While the start date of Blackburn’s commitment is still up in the air, he thinks he will be ready whether it is next season, or 2016-2017.

“An extra year of junior would be really nice to develop physically but I think I’m ready mentally to make that jump,” added BLackburn who has six goals and 15 points in seven games this season.

Blackburn credits former Warriors Seb Lloyd and Adam Plant for leading him in his rookie season, as well as the rest of his teammates who had committed last year.

Warriors head goach and GM Rylan Ferster likes what he has seen early on this season.

“Liam is a great talent. He has gotten off to a very good start, as he put in the work in the summer and it’s paying off early on.”

Blackburn will join current BCHL players Nick Nonis (Powell River) and Marcus Vela (Langley) with the Wildcats to start his college career. Six current Wildcats spent time in the BCHL, including former Warrior Grayson Downing, who is a senior on this year’s team.

Warriors battle Vees…

The Warriors and Penticton square off in a BCHL home-and-home set this weekend. The clubs meet Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre, followed by the rematch Saturday at Royal LePace Place. Face off both nights is 7 p.m.



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