The Okanagan College Coyotes loss is Thompson Rivers University’s gain.
After the OC Coyotes hockey team folded, Kelowna collegiate player Jordan Urban has decided to attend TRU to pursue a Masters in Business Administration. The 5-foot-9 Urban spent the last three seasons playing with the Coyotes but will take his experience to Kamloops with the Coyotes ceasing operations for the coming season.
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s hockey team has added some experience to their blue line. General manager Chris Hans and head coach Don Schulz are pleased to announce the signing of their 12 th prospect for the 2012-13 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League season.
“I’m extremely excited about coming to play for the WolfPack while completing my MBA,” said Urban, who had three assists in 23 games with the Coyotes last season and 16 penalty minutes. “ I was looking at applying for the MBA program at the end of last year but I decided I would take some time off before going back to school. When Chris (Hans) called me and asked to play this year I looked into the program. When I was accepted, it was an easy decision to make.”
Urban, a graduate of the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association says his skating and his two way ability are his main strengths. “I felt TRU was the best option for me scholastically,” he said. “It’s only 10 month program compared to some of the programs at other schools that run for two years. With TRU being so close to home, it’s a good fit for me.”
Urban was also considering SFU and UBC but was also sold on the Thompson Rivers program being designed for recent business graduates.
“While it is very unfortunate that OC ceased operation of their hockey program, I am very excited to add a player of Jordan’s quality and character to our program,” said Hans. “Jordan brings veteran experience to our blue-line corps having played three seasons in the BCIHL. I expect him to be a steadying influence both in the dressing room and on the ice.”
SLAP SHOTS: Urban had three goals and five assists along with 20 minutes in penalty time in 24 games his rookie campaign with the Coyotes (2009-10). He played 20 games in his second year (2010-11) scoring once and adding three helpers while accumulating 28 minutes in penalty time.
The WolfPack open their training camp Sept. 4 th at the McArthur Island Sports Centre.