Brendan Kerr has committed to the Cowichan Valley Capitals from the Notre Dame prep team. (Submitted)

Notre Dame prep standout commits to Cowichan Caps

For the 2019-20 academic year, he was the recipient of the Père Athol Murray Award

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have added a promising prospect from one of Canada’s best-known hockey factories.

Brendan Kerr, a 2002-born forward from Victoria, was a standout for the Notre Dame Hounds midget prep team in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, this past season, both on and off the ice.

For the 2019-20 academic year, he was the recipient of the Père Athol Murray Award, which is presented by Notre Dame Alumni to a student who best exemplifies the characteristics, principles, and ideals of Murray, the school’s founder, including leadership, communication, inspiring others, and exemplary moral conduct.

“That was a huge honour, to be recognized like that and be able to represent my grad class like that,” said Kerr.

During the last hockey season, Kerr played 44 games in the Saskatchewan Male AAA Hockey League, scoring 16 goals and adding 16 assists for 32 points. Over two seasons in the SMAAAHL, he totalled 48 points in 88 games, and helped Notre Dame win a league title in 2018-19.

The six-foot-one, 194-pound forward likes to play a physical game, and learned to use his size and strength during his time in Saskatchewan.

“He’s an extremely hardworking guy with good size and skill and will bring a lot to our lineup,” Capitals head coach Geoff Grimwood said. “When speaking to his former coaches, the main theme that kept coming up was his leadership and his character. This is the type of player we want to bring into our dressing room and we couldn’t be happier to add Brendan to our team,” said Capitals head coach Geoff Grimwood.

Kerr is excited to return to Vancouver Island to continue his career.

“I’ve always wanted to play in the BCHL, one of, if not the best leagues in Canada,” he said. “So when Cowichan approached me I took it right away. I feel like it’s a great fit for me, and I can stay close to home.”

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