May 8, 2014, Castlegar, B.C. (ISN) – The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a playing commitment from forward Alex Milligan (Shawnigan Lake, B.C.) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2014/15 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.
Milligan is a 5-foot-11, 175 pound left winger who joins the Saints following three seasons spent in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with the Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers. This season, he led the VIJHL with 46 goals in 48 games and finished third in points with 73. Following a trade to Peninsula in January, Milligan netted 17 goals in 13 regular season contests before adding nine goals and 17 points during the Panthers’ run to the 2014 League Finals.
During his 19-year old season, Milligan recorded 26 goals and 44 points in 41 games with the Islanders while also logging time at the Junior A level with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Cowichan Valley Capitals and the Western States Hockey League’s Valencia Flyers.
“Alex is a pure goal scorer who has the potential to be a dynamic offensive player at the college level,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He has a great shot and skates very well, so all the tools are there for him to be an impact player with us as a rookie. We also lose a core group of top forwards at the end of the 2014/15 season, and Alex is a guy who we’ve identified to help fill that void.”
Milligan was named a co-winner of the VIJHL’s Top Forward award at the conclusion of this past season, splitting the honour with league points leader Brendan Devries.
“I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to further my education and at the same time continue to grow as a hockey player by getting the chance to play with elite teammates at Selkirk,” says Milligan, who describes himself as a speedy goal-scorer who relies on his shot and vision.
“My goals in my first season with the Saints are to strike a balance between my schooling and hockey while doing everything I can to help Selkirk three-peat as BCIHL champions.”
Milligan is the Saints’ seventh commitment for the 2014/15 season, joining forwards Ryan Edwards (Beaver Valley, KIJHL), Jamie Vlanich (Nelson Leafs, KIJHL) and Connor Beauchemin (Castlegar Rebels, KIJHL), as well as defencemen Curtis Toneff (Campbell River Storm, VIJHL) and Danny Vlanich (Surrey Eagles, BCHL) and goaltender Steven Glass (Nipawin Hawks, SJHL).