Prokop to play for Buckeyes

When the Vernon Vipers announced Josh Prokop’s commitment to Ohio State University last week, it was already clear it was a good choice for him and for the school.

Since then, all he’s done is add goals to his tally and reinforce that he’s going to be a player.

Prokop has six goals in his last four games including a hat trick Dec. 1 in a 6-3 win over Trail where he was named 1st Star.

The hometown product of Vernon now has 15 goals on the season which leads all BCHL rookies. His 15-6-21 stat line so far puts him sixth on the Vipers.

At Ohio State, Prokop will be joining a Buckeyes program that competes in the NCAA’s Big 10 conference along with Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Minnesota.

Prokop is one of three BCHL players to commit to Ohio State in recent weeks as Wenatchee’s AJ Vanderbeck is also headed there and Prince George defenceman Layton Ahac has committed too.

Currently, Ohio State is one of the few NCAA programs that does not have a BCHL graduate on its roster though former Powell River Kings defenceman Matt Joyaux plays there after transferring to OSU from Miami-Ohio.