That’s the case for Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley who has committed to play at the University of Denver where the Pioneers are currently the top-ranked club in NCAA Div. I hockey.
Denver enters the Frozen Four April 6 as the favourite to win the title but first will have to play Notre Dame for the right to play in the finals against either Harvard or Minnesota-Duluth, who are in the other semifinal.
Stapley has had a stellar second season the BCHL. The 1999-born forward totaled 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points in 52 games as one of the youngest players in the league. He has eight points through five playoff games so far.
At Denver, Stapley will be joining a Pioneers team that currently features three BCHL grads in Adam Plant, Jarid Lukosevicius and Liam Finlay. Other players currently in the BCHL that are also committed to Denver are Tyler Ward, Slava Demin, Kohen Olischefski, Ryan Barrow, Brendan Budy and Griffin Mendel.
The Pioneers competed in the NCAA’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) along with Colorado College, Miami-Ohio, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan and Minnesota-Duluth.