After leading the Cowichan Valley Capitals in scoring as a rookie in the B.C. Hockey League, forward Sean Harrison has locked up an NCAA Div. 1 scholarship for the 2016/17 season.
Harrison, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, will join the Union College Dutchmen of ECAC Hockey after one more season with the Caps. He will make the move to Schenectady, New York alongside his current Cowichan teammate Ryan Burton, whose scholarship was announced earlier this offseason.
Harrison was one of only two players to appear in all 58 games for the Caps in 2014/15, leading the team in goals with 22 and points with 46. His 24 assists were the second-highest total among Cowichan forwards, one back of teammate Darien Craighead. Harrison had a team-high eight powerplay goals, and his three game-winners were tied with captain Kyle Horsman for the most by a Capital. He racked up a mere six minutes in penalties over the course of the season, and was recognized by the Capitals organization with the team’s Rookie of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player awards.
“Sean is a heads-up, hard-working, coachable, 200-foot player that will enjoy a great college career,” Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. “His hockey IQ and skill set make him a big offensive contributor. We are very pleased to have our second Caps player this offseason receive a scholarship to Union College.”
In addition to Harrison and Burton committing to post-secondary hockey teams for 2016/17, the Caps will have four players from the 2014/15 roster heading to colleges and universities this fall: defencemen Skylar Pacheco (Brock University) and Julien Lepage (York University), and forwards Horsman (Robert Morris University) and Jesse Neher (SUNY-Plattsburgh).
This year’s Capitals team will begin training camp at the Island Savings Centre on Saturday, Aug. 22, with their first exhibition game scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Cowichan Lake Arena. On Aug. 21, the Caps will hold their inaugural Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Cowichan Golf & Country Club.