West Kelowna Warriors’ forward Jonathan Desbiens has committed to Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. for the 2016-2017 hockey season.
Desbiens, who is in his first year with the Warriors, has 31 points in 32 games, including 17 goals.
The native of Montreal spent last season with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, compiling six goals and 10 points in 48 games.
Brent Gough says an extra year of BCHL experience should benefit Desbiens in his step up to university hockey.
“Jonathan has been effective for us this season and has really upped his offensive production,” said Gough. “To have him back next season to develop and grow into a college player is going to really help this hockey team on the offensive side of the puck.”
When Desbiens heads to Bentley, there could be at least two BCHL alumni still with the team, as former Nanaimo Clipper Jayson Argue is a freshman goaltender there, and West Kelowna alumni Max French is in his sophmore season.
This year’s edition of the Falcons features six BCHL alumni, including ex-Warriors Matt Maher and Alex Grieve.
Bentley University plays in the Northeast Conference of Atlantic Hockey in NCAA Div. 1.