As the West Kelowna Warriors begin its B.C. Hockey League training camp, the team is losing a veteran prescence.
Twenty-year-old forward Dru Morrison is taking the next step in his career and is is heading to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to further his education.
Originally from Russell, Manitoba, the versatile and speedy forward arrived in Kelowna as a 15 year-old to attend the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy. His family soon joined him in the Okanagan, and the now-20 year-old still calls Kelowna home.
Morrison is still eligible to play one more year of Junior hockey, but has elected to head to Calgary after being accepted into SAIT’s Power Engineering program this week.
“He’s a young man who’s already played three years of junior, and he’s ready to take the next step,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster. “It’s about him now and about him moving forward in his life and his career.”
Of course, Morrison will continue to play the game he loves, and is set to join the SAIT Trojans in the Alberta collegiate ranks when term begins.
“He’ll get the chance to play at a higher level,” said Ferster. “And after he gets his education he could still play pro somewhere down the road.”
Trojans Head Coach Ken Babey has always stressed that school comes first for his players, and Morrison says he’s on board with that.
“That’s kind of why I decided to make the move and go to SAIT,” said Morrison. “I love the guys here, and they’ve been great for the last three years. But it’ll be good to meet some new guys and become a family with them.”
The Warriors training camp begins on Friday morning Friday morning and by Sunday, the Warriors will be into an intrasquad game. Monday brings the first exhibition game in Vernon. The Warriors will play home exhibition games on Aug. 28 vs. Vernon and on Aug. 31 vs. Wenatchee. The BCHL regular season gets underway Sept. 8th at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.