A pair of graduating players from the Delta Ice Hawks, who had significant roles in the club's run to the Pacific International Junior Hockey League championship this spring, will be continuing their careers in the Kootenays.
Forwards Cody Fidgett and John Proctor are among the Selkirk College's recruiting class for the 2012/2013 season. The Nelson campus plays in the B.C Intercollegiate Hockey League.
"John and Cody both bring championship experience with a top-end junior organization in Delta," says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. "John is a big, strong player with a high skill level who always competes hard and Cody is a dynamic guy offensively who was probably the best skater in Junior 'B' hockey this past season. I'm very pleased that John and Cody have chosen to take the next step in their academic and hockey careers."
Proctor, a 6-foot-4 winger, scored 16 times and totalled 41 points in 36 regular season games this past season and tacked on another 14 points in 23 playoff contests. Over three-plus junior seasons split between the Ice Hawks and North Delta Devils, the Port Moody native scored 43 goals and totalled 93 points in 116 games. He also saw 49 games of post-season action, including a trip to the PIJHL finals in 2010, picking up 18 points overall.
"I'm very excited to attend Selkirk College this fall to further my education and continue to play the sport I love at a competitive and high level," says Proctor, who lists his size, shot and playmaking ability amongst his strengths.
"I'm a good teammate who always puts the team first. I also consider myself a disciplined agitator; I draw a lot of penalties but rarely take any myself."
"After winning the 2012 leaque championship with the Delta Ice Hawks, I'm hungry to win another at Selkirk. I am also looking forward to going back to school in a disciplined but positive and fun environment."
Fidgett, a 5-foot-11 winger, netted 16 goals and 28 points in 33 regular season games before leading the Ice Hawks with 24 points in 19 PIJHL postseason appearances and six points in four games at the Cyclone Taylor Cup. In 109 games with the Ice Hawks over three-plus seasons, Fidgett scored 55 goals and totalled 87 points in 109 regular season contests and thrived during the postseason with 34 goals and 59 points in 49 playoff appearances.
"'I'm excited for the opportunity to play the game I'm passionate about while furthering my education," says the Seafair Minor hockey product. "I like to think of myself as an unselfish team player who can create opportunities on every shift using my speed and ability to read the play. I'm looking forward to helping my team achieve their goals while raising my level of hockey and working towards a degree in business."
Proctor and Fidgett are the 12th and 13th players to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season.
They join a group that includes Aldergrove's Thomas Hardy who shared PIJHL scoring honours with the Ice Hawks Spencer Traher.