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Alumni Spotlight: Dylan Willick, Cariboo Cougars

Thursday, November 19, 2015

 

Name:
Dylan Willick
Hometown:
Prince George, BC
MML Team:
Cariboo Cougars, 2008-2009
WHL Team:
Kamloops Blazers, 2009-2013
Current Team:
University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, 2013-Present
 
 
Although Dylan Willick played just one (1) season for the Cariboo Cougars, he is remembered fondly by the team. The Prince George, BC native grew up playing for the Prince George Minor Hockey Association, and played for the Cougars as a 16 year old before moving on to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kamloops Blazers.
 
Says Cariboo Cougars Head Coach Trevor Sprague, “Dylan was a great community involved player.  He got along with everyone on the team, treating everyone equally with respect and support.  On the ice he was a consistent hockey player, and we knew what we would get from him every game and every practice.  He led by example.  He was one of our captains and had high standards for everyone on the team as far as representing the North.”
 
The 5’10” forward was second on the team and eighth in the league in scoring, tallying 15 goals and 32 assists for a total of 47 points in 40 games. Says Sprague, “Dylan’s attention to detail on and off the ice and his work ethic made him the player that he is today.  By the end of the year he was a puck pursuing hockey player that had the ability to play a full 200 foot game.  He was relied on for power play and penalty kill.  Dylan was a player that when he was injured and out of our lineup he was sorely missed because of all of the different aspects that he brought to the team.”
 
After playing one (1) season for the Cougars, Willick made the Kamloops Blazers, where he became a mainstay, spending four (4) seasons with the team. During his time with the Blazers, Willick won several team awards, including the 2010 Rookie of the Year Award, 2011 Most Dedicated Award, 2012 “Unsung Hero” Award, and 2013 Leadership Award.
 
After his WHL eligibility expired, Willick took advantage of the WHL’s scholarship program, which provides one (1) year of post-secondary tuition, fees, and textbook costs for each season played in the league. Willick headed east, landing in Fredericton, New Brunswick – the home of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds.
 
The Varsity Reds are a powerhouse in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s hockey, winning the National Championship in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013, while placing second in 2008 and 2015. During the 2014-2015 season with the Varsity Reds, Willick scored 14 points (8 goals and 6 assists) in 28 games and earned the team’s “Most Improved Player” Award.
 
Says Sprague, “Dylan is not only a skilled hockey player, but a person who has always been a great representative of our program and where we come from - Northern BC.  He has taken the great traits of “Northern Pride” that we work to instil in all our players and added to the success of the Kamloops Blazers and UNB, two (2) teams that have reaped the benefits of his leadership. “
 
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.
For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.


 
 

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