Rookie Westside Warriors defenceman Brayden Sherbinin won’t have to worry about his hockey future for the next half dozen years or so.
The 17-year-old blueliner has accepted an NCAA Division I scholarship to attend Quinnipiac University, of the Eastern College Athletic Association for the 2013 season.
That means Sherbinin will complete for the Warriors for the rest of this year plus two more seasons for the Warriors, preparing himself to play for the Bobcats in 2013.
“This is an exciting day for Brayden, as he continues to grow into an exceptional prospect in the BCHL and beyond,” said Warriors head coach/GM Darren Yopyk.
“Quinnipiac has recruited a very good young man who will be a tremendous asset to their institution on the ice, in the classroom, and in their community. (Quinnipiac’s coaches) have done an excellent job and Brayden will help them build on an already storied tradition at Quinnipiac.”
It’s been quite a year for Warriors players committing to NCAA scholarships. Sherbinin becomes the 13th player to commit to a Division I institution on this year’s squad.
The 13 scholarships are best in not only the BCHL, but Junior A hockey across all of Canada, according to the Warriors.
“As an organization, we continue to demonstrate we are meeting our mandate of developing players and moving them forward in their hockey and academic careers, said Yopyk.
“We are proud that the majority of players that play for us secure scholarships in either the NCAA or in Canada, in the CIS or ACAC.”
Sherbinin is a 6-foot-1, 180 pound defenceman who played in 47 regular season games this year registering four goals and eight assists while racking up 44 penalty minutes.
He’s a native of Kelowna.
Warriors Rap…Due to press deadlines, we can’t tell you how the Warriors did in the first two games of its opening round BCHL playoff series against Trail.
Games one and two were scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at Royal LePage Place in Kelowna. The next two games will take place Monday and Tuesday in Trail before the series will bounce between West Kelowna and Trail for games five, six and seven, if necessary.
A game five, if needed, would be this Thursday in West Kelowna. If a game six is needed , it would be Friday in Trail and a game seven, if required would go March 5, back in West Kelowna.