Andy Desautels is going back home.
The former West Kelowna Warriors’ goaltender has committed to the University of Regina Cougars for the 2015-16 Canada West hockey season.
Desautels, a product of White City, Sask., who played the last two seasons for the BCHL’s Warriors is excited to be returning to his native province for the next step in his career.
“It will be awesome to have my family and friends around again after being away from home since I was 16,” said Desautels.
“I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, volunteers, and the fans in West Kelowna for two of the best seasons of my life.”
Desautels, 20, played in 55 games over two seasons, winning 29 of them and posting a 2.97 goals against average.
Injuries hampered the 6-foot-3 netminder for much of 2014-15 as he finished the season on the sidelines.
West Kelowna head coach Rylan Fertser is happy to see Desautels moving on to an exciting new challenge,
“Andy is a great person and a great goalie,” Ferster. “We are very excited for him that he is able to further his hockey career and studies.”
Desautels came to the Warriors after spending time with the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL, as well as making stop in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders and Everett Silvertips.
Desautels is grateful for the time he spent with the Warriors.
“The Warriors organization has helped me to develop as a player and as a person and I wouldn’t be where I am today without that support,” Desautels said. “I will always be a proud Warrior and will never forget my time in West Kelowna.”
The Warriors will have three members of their 2014-15 team attending school next season, as both Jason Cotton (Northeastern, NCAA), and Jordan Masters (Arizona State, NCAA) will join Desautels.