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."
My time at OHA provided me an opportunity to grow as a person and athlete. Without OHA I would not have had the opportunity to play post secondary hockey. The life skills I learned at OHA are skills that I will have with me forever.