Okanagan Hockey Academy goaltender Brody Willms has been recalled by the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League for the remainder of the season.
Willms, 16, has spent parts of three seasons with OHA. The Coquitlam, BC product has appeared in 12 games with OHA Prep White this season, posting an 8-4-0 record along with four shutouts.
“We are very excited for the opportunity that has been presented to Brody with the Moose Jaw Warriors and very proud of his accomplishments with our Academy,” said OHA Prep White head coach, Malcolm Cameron. “Losing a player of Brody's caliber is difficult not only for his on ice ability but his leadership, work ethic, and his compete level will be difficult to replace. He was a model student athlete with the Academy and a player that has persevered to get his opportunity in the WHL.”
Willms spent the 2013-14 season with the OHA Prep team, where he posted a perfect 12-0-0 record in Canadian Sport School Hockey League games, including a 29-save victory in the CSSHL Prep Division Championship game.
The 2013 eighth round pick in the WHL Bantam Draft appeared in 33 games for the OHA Bantam Prep team during the 2012-13 season.
“We are very proud to have been a part of his development and Brody can serve as a role model for our other Academy players that wish to travel this path in the future,” said Cameron. “The OHA Prep White hockey team would like to thank Brody for his contributions this season and wish him the best in his future with the Moose Jaw Warriors.”
Willms has appeared in three career games with the Warriors thus far.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.