Blackburn Commits to West Kelowna

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Jeff Sargeant

February 18, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – Cariboo Cougar forward Liam Blackburn has committed to play for the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors next season.

The 16-year old forward is one of BC Major Midget’s most sought after prospects currently sitting second in league scoring with 73 points.

“I’m very excited and proud to be joining the Warriors organization,” said Blackburn. “The chance to play with such a solid team and staff doesn’t come along every day. They have already made me feel so welcome and I look forward to beginning my junior career in a Warriors jersey.”

Blackburn will have at least one familiar face in the Warriors dressing room next season as he joins another Prince George product and former Cariboo Cougar Seb Lloyd who will be entering his third season with West Kelowna in 2013-2014.

“It’s really exciting to have another Prince George player join the program here,” said Lloyd. The Cariboo Cougars do a great job developing young players and I have no doubt Liam will be a great player for the West Kelowna Warriors in the future. I look forward to having the opportunity to play with Liam and I’m excited to call him a teammate.”

After going unselected in the WHL bantam draft two years ago, Blackburn has turned heads ever since. Last season he was a member of the provincial champion Midget Tier 1 Cougars while playing several games with the Cougars as an affiliate. Last month the centreman broke Lloyd’s team record for assists in a single season and earlier this month set a new mark for points in a single season surpassing Brett Bulmer’s 63 set back in 2008-09. Blackburn has been on a tear of late having scored hat tricks in three of his last five games and is now producing at better than two points per game.