Wilson will play for Niagara

BWilsonAfter playing one season in the BCHL, Powell River Kings Goalie Brian Wilson is heading back east for the 2017-18 NCAA Div. I season.

It was announced May 9 that the native of Pickering, Ont. has committed to the Niagara University Purple Eagles in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

During his lone season in Powell River, the 6-foot-3 netminder played in 38 games for the Kings, posting a record of 22-11-1, going along with three shutouts and a 2.70 goals-against-average. Wilson’s play in net contributed to Powell River’s run to the postseason, where he collected seven wins in 11 games and a save percentage of .938.

Before landing in the BCHL, the 1996-born goaltender spent the 2014-15 season with the Kanata Lasers of the Central Canada Hockey League before moving to the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League early in the following season.

Wilson should be a welcome addition to a Purple Eagles squad that has its senior goaltender graduating out of the program. Niagara shares the AHA with Canisius, Air Force, Army West Point, Robert Morris, Holy Cross, RIT, Mercyhurst, Bentley, Sacred Heart and American International.

Cowichan Valley Capitals defenceman Chris Harpur also committed to Niagara for the 2017-18 campaign. The Purple Eagles’ newest BCHL recruits are joining Vernon Vipers alum Christian Cakebread, who joined the NCAA program in January.