Kelowna Chiefs forward Ethan Rusnack will join assistant coach Matt Sheeran at the University of Central Oklahoma next season.
Rusnack finalized his commitment last week and will play U.S. collegiate hockey with the Bronchos, based in Edmond, Okla., for the four years.
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to play hockey for four more years and receive a university degree while I’m doing it,” says Rusnack.
“Rusty is a natural leader amongst his teammates and peers,” said head coach Jason Tansem. “His goal scoring and hockey ability speaks for itself. He will be a huge asset to his new team to say the least.”
Rusnack made his commitment to UCO only a couple of weeks after assistant coach Matt Sheeran announced he too would be suiting up for the Bronchos.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Bronchos and being able to play hockey competitively again,” said Sheeran. “They have a great program, and going down with a bunch of former teammates and now Ethan joining me, it’s going to be a great experience.”
Since joining the Chiefs this season, Rusnack has accumulated 15 goals and 31 assists for 46 points. This is Sheeran’s first season behind the team’s bench.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are home to the Okanagan Division leading Osoyoos Coyotes on Friday night. Puck drop at Rutland Arena is 7 p.m.