Aiden Hansen-Bukata has been recognized for his outstanding junior season for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) men’s hockey team at the NCAA Division One level.
The blueliner from Tsawwassen was among four RIT players named First Team All-Atlantic Conference after leading the Tigers to the Atlantic Hockey regular-season championship.
The 2017 South Delta Secondary graduate ranked sixth nationally among defencemen in scoring with 32 points in 37 games.
In Atlantic Conference play he led all d-men in scoring with 25 points.
He is the first RIT player to record 30 assists in a season since the 2015/16 campaign and is the 28th player in school history to eclipse 30 assists in a season.
Hansen-Bukata also ranked 12th nationally in blocked shots with 69, including a career-high seven in a 4-3 win over Holy Cross back on Jan. 27.
He headed to the New York school on a lucrative scholarship deal after a couple of standout seasons in the B.C. Hockey League with the Nanaimo Clippers.
As a rookie, he earned second team league all-star honours with 37 points in 55 games.
Prior to heading to Vancouver Island, Hansen-Bukata had a leading role in his hometown Delta Ice Hawks’ run to the PJHL championship and Cyclone Taylor Cup silver medal finish in 2018.
He is majoring in communications at RIT.