The Okanagan Hockey Academy is pleased to congratulate alumnus Schael Higson on signing with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.
"Schael is a major part of our future and a player we can build around," stated Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods. "We think he has all the tools to be a top flight defenceman in the WHL and beyond. This is a very exciting announcement for this franchise."
Higson, 16, spent the 2012-13 season with the OHA Bantam team. The Grand Prairie, Alberta product spent this past season with his hometown Midget team, while also appearing in five games for the Grand Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
"Signing Schael has been one of our top priorities this offseason," said Blades managing partner Colin Priestner. "Considering the number of top NCAA schools pursuing him, we are so thrilled he has chosen us. We felt that he was one of the very best players at our recent spring camp and he will be a pillar on our defence for years to come."
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.