The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to congratulate Chase Bell on signing with the Grand Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
“It’s really exciting,” said Bell. “I am looking forward to playing for (head coach) Kevin Higo and moving up to a higher level of hockey.”
Bell, 16, spent the past season with the OHA Prep team where he registered 56 points (17-39-56) in 50 games.
“My time at OHA was awesome,” said Bell. “I really enjoy winning and we didn’t lose too often. We had a good group of guys. I developed my game quite a bit playing at a higher level.”
The Lethbridge, Alberta product will look to bring his all-around game to the next level and hopefully make an impact right away.
“I feel I am very consistent,” said Bell. “I can use my vision and bring some offense to the team while also being strong in the defensive zone.”
“We are making a lot of changes and bringing in new bodies,” stated Higo, who is also the General Manger of the Storm. “The opportunity for him to be a guy that steps in will be there for him. Getting to see him play with the prep team at OHA last year was a benefit to me to see how much he has developed. We want to bring a winning culture and winning attitude into Grand Prairie and for him to come from a winning environment, he will be expected to teach guys and help them understand what it takes to win.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward is also listed by the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League, but has decided to head to the Junior “A” ranks, for now.
“I just want to keep my options open at this point,” he said.
At OHA, I had an opportunity to play with some of best players in the country and had coaches that pushed me to be my best, positioning me to play for the Penticton Vees and now the University of Denver.