Hildebrand heading to Babson College

After three seasons in the BCHL, Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender Nolan Hildebrand has committed to the Babson College Beavers for the 2019-20 season.

The 21-year-old from Summerland, B.C. broke into the league in the 2016-17 season with the Penticton Vees and played two seasons there, winning a Fred Page Cup title in 2017. This year, Hildebrand started with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) before being acquired by Chilliwack midseason.

He finishes his BCHL career with 28 wins in 48 appearances, a 2.88 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage.

Babson College is an NCAA Division III program located in Wellesley, Mass. They compete in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) along with Castleton University, Hobart College, Johnson & Wales University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, New England College, Norwich University, Plymouth State University, Salem State University, Skidmore College, University of Southern Maine and Suffolk University.

The Beavers finished third in the NEHC regular season last year and made it to the semifinals in the conference playoffs.

Hildebrand is the fifth BCHL player to commit to a Division III program and will be the second graduate of the league on the Babson roster, joining former Coquitlam Express defenceman David Giunta.