As a rookie in the BCHL and one of the youngest players in the league, Jagger Williamson has already figured out a lot about his game and what he can offer.
The 16-year-old has 21 points in 35 games and has proven to be a key setup man in the Vernon Vipers offensive attack. It's translated now into an NCAA Div. I scholarship to Michigan Tech for the 2016-17 season.
A native of Lumby, just up the road from Vernon, Williamson honed his game in the Vernon Minor Hockey Association and spent part of last season with the nearby North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
And in two seasons time, he'll find himself at Michigan Tech where the Huskies have become one of the top teams in NCAA hockey. Their program has been a big recruiter of BCHL talent the last few seasons. Currently, there are 12 BCHL alums on their roster in Alex Petan, Malcolm Gould, Shane Hanna, Brayden Sherbinin, Riley Sweeney, Reid Sturos, Alex Gillies, Brent Baltus, Walker Hyland, Mason Blacklock, Evan Anderson, and Dane Birks,
The Huskies compete in the NCAA's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) against schools such as Bowling Green, Bemidji State, Alaska and Minnesota State.
Other current BCHLers committed to Michigan Tech include Nanaimo's Jake Jackson, Salmon Arm's Angus Redmond, Trail's Jake Lucchini, Merrit's Gavin Gould, and Penticton's Mitch Newsome and Demico Hannoun.