After wrapping up his junior hockey career with the Cowichan Valley Capitals earlier this year, forward Jesse Neher will head to the State University of New York Plattsburgh this fall.
The Plattsburgh State Cardinals play in the NCAA Div. III SUNYAC conference.
A product of Fort St. John, Neher played 226 games in the B.C. Hockey League between 2011 and 2015, scoring 34 goals and setting up 46 more for 80 career points. He started his career with the Nanaimo Clippers, and was traded to the Caps midway through the 2012/13 campaign. He played 55 games for Cowichan in 2014/15, compiling 22 points on nine goals and 13 helpers, while serving as an alternate captain on the young team.
"Jesse is a great team player that has the versatility to play in a lot of different roles," Capitals head coach Bob Beatty said. "He has skill to contribute offensively and the grit and determination to kill penalties and play in a checking role."
Previous players from the 2014/15 Capitals to commit to post-secondary teams include captain Kyle Horsman, who will head to Robert Morris University (NCAA Div. I), and Julien Lepage, who is bound for York University (CIS).