Brar inks with Merrimack

Ben Brar has done just about all you can do as a BCHL player and the resume he’s built has landed him a future beyond Junior hockey.

The Abbotsford, B.C. native has been a highly-touted rookie, he’s adjusted to a new town and team after a trade, he’s gone to the Fred Page Cup finals, he’s been a go-to guy counted on to provide offence for his club and he’s played more than 200 BCHL games. All of that experience bodes well for him and Merrimack College who have secured his services for their NCAA Div. I program.

Brar has 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points in 40 games so far this season. He looks like a good bet to top his 25 goals and 55 points from a season ago. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward will also establish a new mark for penalty minutes this season if he incurs two more infractions.

At Merrimack, Brar will be joining a Warriors program that has been recruited the BCHL hard this season. Brar is the fifth player in the league this season to agree to terms with the Massachusetts-based school along with Coquitlam’s Regan Kimens, Wenatchee’s Jacob Modry, Victoria’s Ryan Nolan and Vernon’s Nichloas Cherkowski.

Merrimack competes in the NCAA’s Hockey East conference along with Boston College, Boston University, UConn, UMass-Lowell, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Providence, Northeastern and UMass.

BCHL alums currently skating for the Warriors are Alberni Valley product Christian Simeone and Wenatche alum August Von Ungern.