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Tsawwassen blueliner to make his NCAA debut

There is at least one local hockey standout who will see game action this weekend. Tsawwassen blueliner Aiden Hansen-Bukata is poised to make his NCAA Division One debut Friday when the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers take on Clarkson.
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Aiden Hansen-Bukata earned a scholarship to RIT.

There is at least one local hockey standout who will see game action this weekend.

Tsawwassen blueliner Aiden Hansen-Bukata is poised to make his NCAA Division One debut Friday when the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers take on Clarkson.

The 21-year-old earned a lucrative scholarship after a couple of impressive seasons in the B.C Hockey League with the Nanaimo Clippers that included being named a Second Team All-Star in 2018-19. The Delta Hockey Academy product also was a big part of the Delta Ice Hawks run to the Pacific Junior Hockey League championship a year earlier.

The Tigersā€™ roster is loaded with Canadian junior ā€œAā€ graduates including BCHL alumni Spencer Berry (Langley), Will Calverley (Chilliwack), Kolby Matthews (Coquitlam) and Daniel Chenard (Wenatchee).

The game with Clarkson was a late addition to the schedule after a weekend series with Niagara was postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocol. RIT is coming off a 19-13-4 season.