West Kelowna Warriors’ forward Kylar Hope has committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the 2016-17 season.
Hope, from Lashburn, Sask., is in his third season with the Warriors, where he sits third in team scoring with 21 goals and 32 assists in 42 games.
“They (Alaska-Fairbanks) showed a lot of interest in me in the past month or so and I felt it would be the best fit for me as a player and as a person,” said Hope, 20. “I am very excited for the opportunity Fairbanks has given me to play college hockey.”
Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster said Hope is fully deserving of the opportunity.
“Kylar has been one of our best players since the playoffs last season,” said Ferster. “He’s been playing in all situations this year, and has seen his numbers reflect his play.
“It’s really nice to see a guy put in three hard seasons in our league and get rewarded for it. We are extremely excited to have Kylar heading to Alaska-Fairbanks.”
Hope will join former Warrior Marcus Basara with the Nanooks next season. There are currently seven BCHL alum’s on the roster, with six slated to return next season.