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Demin signs with Pioneers


Currently second in the NCAA polls, the University of Denver has landed another recruit from the BCHL in hopes of remaining high in the college hockey standings into the future.

The Pioneers have secured the services of Wenatchee Wild defenceman Slava Demin. The 2000-born blueliner is in his rookie BCHL season and has posted four goals and 12 assists in 31 games so far this season for the Mainland-leading Wild.

A native of Cypress, Calif., Demin will not turn 17 until April but already comes in at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. His signing with Denver comes close on the heels of Merritt Centennials forward Tyler Ward’s commitment last week to the same program.

Other former BCHLers on Denver’s current roster are Jared Lukosevicius, Adam Plant and Liam Finlay. Current BCHLers also committed to Denver are Ben Brar, Kohen Olischefski, Brendan Budy, Griffin Mendel and Ward.

At Denver, Demin will join a Pioneers program that competes in the NCAA’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) which includes rival schools Omaha-Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado College, Western Michigan, Miami-Ohio, St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth.