Every season, BCHL graduates become valued members of teams at the college level for their work on the ice. That, in tandem with the excellence some have shown in endeavours away from the rink, has several league alums up for prestigious awards at the NCAA level.
The annual Senior CLASS Award nominees and the annual list of candidates for The Hockey Humanitarian Award both include BCHL alums.
The two groups are highlighted by former Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Penticton Vees forward Mark MacMillan of the University of North Dakota, who is up for both awards.
The Senior CLASS Award goes to the college senior who best demonstrates excellence in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. MacMillan is the lone BCHL grad up for this honour.
(To view the entire list, CLICK HERE)
There are three former BCHLers up for The Hockey Humanitarian Award (HHA), given each season to "college hockey's finest citizen". MacMillan, former West Kelowna Warriors forward Tyler Brickler of SUNY-Geneseo and former Penticton Vees goalie Joel Rumpel of the University of Wisconsin are all up for the honour.
The HHA is available to both male and female hockey players (CLICK HERE for the full list).
This is the 20th season the HHA has been awarded to a player. Last season, former Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Jeff Reppucci won it.