After a slow start offensively in his first season in the BCHL, Wenatchee Wild forward AJ Hodges has caught fire with 14 points in his last 11 games and the scouts have taken notice as he has earned himself a scholarship with the Union College Dutchmen for the 2020-21 season.
The 17-year-old from Littelton, Colo. has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 22 games so far this year. After registering one assist in his first 11 games, he now has points in eight of his last 11 contests, including five multi-point efforts, highlighted by a three-point night in a win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Nov. 17.
Union College is a Division I program located in Schenectady, N.Y. and plays in the ECAC Hockey conference alongside Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Quinnpiac, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence and Yale.
The Dutchmen are off to a strong start this season with a 7-3-1 record overall. They are currently in Belfast, Northern Ireland participating in the Friendship Four tournament along with Boston University, the University of Connecticut and Yale University.
Union College’s 2018-19 roster features a contingent of former BCHL talent, including Blake Hayward, Cole Maier, Brett Supinski, Brendan Taylor, Michael Ryan, Sam Morton and Darion Hanson.
Other BCHL players committed to the Dutchmen include Coquitlam’s Christian Sanda, Powell River’s Ben Thomas, Prince George’s Dylan Anhorn and West Kelowna’s Mike Hardman who are all committed for the 2019-20 season.