Tellier signs on with Bobcats

Wenatchee Wild forward Cristophe Tellier has turned a strong start to his BCHL career into a college scholarship as he has committed to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats for the 2020-21 season.

After joining the Wild to start the season, the 18-year-old had back-to-back three-point nights in his first two games and also had points in five straight to start the year. After 22 games played, Tellier has seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points, good enough for fifth on the team.

Tellier will be joining teammate Christophe Fillion in Quinnipiac after both players announced their commitments on the same day. The two longtime teammates grew up in the same town of Sherbrooke, Que. and have been playing together most of their lives.

According to Wenatchee play-by-play broadcaster Arch Ecker, it makes perfect sense that the two would continue their hockey careers together at the next level.

“It’s kind of a perfect storm for them,” said Ecker. “Sometimes two players just connect in a way that leads to great performances on the ice. When those two players find each other at an early age and grow and mature in the game together, it can be that much more special. That’s what you see here. Two talented players who are learning and growing together on top of a natural chemistry.”

The Bobcats have been known to boast a large amount of BCHL talent in recent years and this year’s squad is no different. Their 2018-19 roster includes BCHL alums Michael Lombardi, Ethan de Jong, Luke Shiplo, Nick Jermain, TJ Friedmann, Craig Martin, Scott Davidson, Desi Burgart, Andrew Shortridge and team captain Chase Priskie.

Another one of Tellier’s Wenatchee teammates, PJ Fletcher, is committed to Quinnipiac as well as several other current BCHLers including Alberni Valley’s Austin Spiridakis, Chilliwack’s Skyler Brind’Amour, Powell River’s Matt Fawcett and Jayden Lee, Surrey’s Corey Clifton, Trail’s Tyler Ghirardosi and West Kelowna’s Wyatt Head.

Quinnipiac is an NCAA Divison I program located in Hamden, Conn. They play in the ECAC Hockey conference along with Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Union and Yale. The Bobcats currently have a 7-2-0 record (2-2-0 in conference).