Stephenson commits to Wentworth

After 153 games with five different BCHL organizations over five seasons, Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Carter Stephenson will have some stability in the next phase of his hockey career as he is heading east to play for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards in 2019-20.

Stephenson started his Junior A career by playing a handful of games as an affiliate for the Chilliwack Chiefs, Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Vernon Vipers from 2014 to 2016, then became a regular in the BCHL during the 2016-17 season which he split between the Vipers and Silverbacks. He moved on to play for the Langley Rivermen the following season, playing in 57 games over two years, before wrapping up his junior career in Nanaimo.

In total, the 21-year-old from West Vancouver, B.C. scored 16 goals and added 46 assists for 62 points in his 153 regular-season games.

Wentworth is a technical design and engineering school located in Boston, Mass. The Leopards are an NCAA Division III program playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The team’s 2018-19 roster featured one BCHL alum in former Powell River Kings forward Adam Tracey.

Stephenson is the only BCHL player to commit to Wentworth this year, but is the sixth to earn a scholarship to a Division III program, joining Chilliwack Chiefs goalie Nolan Hildebrand (Babson College), Cowichan Valley Capitals goalie Pierce Diamond (Albert Magnus College), Merritt Centennials forward Christian Sabin (Milwaukee School of Engineering) and Salmon Arm Silverbacks alums Sam MacBean (Hamilton College) and Jack Sampson (Marian University).