The Chilliwack Chiefs are pleased to announce the commitment of 15 year-old forward Ethan Bowen for the 2018-2019 hockey season. Bowen will AP with the Chiefs next year as they host the RBC Cup. In addition to the Chiefs commitment, Bowen has accepted a full scholarship as a “true” freshman to the University of North Dakota for the 2020-2021 season. Ethan comes to the Chiefs being the 39th overall pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft; Bowen was a consensus top 5 pick pre draft but fell to the second round because he would not sign a WHL Standard Players Agreement prior to the draft with any team. Despite this, the Kelowna Rockets used their 1st selection on Bowen. When asked about the selection, Bowen said, “I am honored to be drafted by such a great organization as Kelowna.” When asked about his decision to play with the Chiefs versus the WHL Bowen said “ thanks to guys like Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Dennis Cholowski, the BCHL has demonstrated to younger players like myself that you can play Junior A and College and not fall off the radar with Hockey Canada and the NHL” “I am very excited to join the Chiefs and UND to further my hockey career.”
This past season Bowen captained the Yale Bantam Prep Lions posting an impressive 33-29-62 in the CSSHL Bantam Prep division in only 29 games played. Adding to his resume, Bowen was voted an All-star at every tournament Yale competed in this year, in addition to capturing the Top Scorer award at the Pat Quinn Classic and the Tournament MVP at what is widely held as the top Bantam Tournament in Western Canada—The John Reid Memorial in St. Albert, Alberta; Bowen led the tournament in scoring with 11-10-21 points in only 6 games and finished 3rd in all-time scoring behind only Jonathon Toews (36 points) and Michael St. Croix (23 points). Bowen has been nominated by the Hockey Now magazine as the British Columbia Minor Hockey Player of the Year.
Chiefs Head Coach and General Manager Jason Tatarnic is thrilled to have Ethan committed to Chilliwack, “Anytime you can add a player with pedigree that Ethan has your organization has to be extremely happy. When you look at what Ethan has accomplished already you have to be full of smiles knowing he will be in a Chief uniform. By choosing the college route we know we will play an important part in his development for the two seasons minimum and that is very exciting for our organization. On behalf of the Chief organization and Chief fans welcome to Chiefs family Ethan.”