Swift Current Broncos graduating 20 year olds Michael Stickland and Derek Claffey are headed east to continue their hockey careers, both choosing CIS schools in the Maritimes for their post-secondary education.
Claffey and Stickland both hail from Red Deer, Alberta. They finished their WHL careers together and will both play university hockey in Nova Scotia as Claffey has committed St. FX University in Antigonish and Stickland has committed to St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
Claffey spent 4 years with the Broncos, the last 2 as captain of the club; he will join former Bronco Spencer McAvoy on defense for the X-Men who finished the season with an 11-12-5 record in the Atlantic Conference.
Stickland came to the Broncos at the trade deadline in 2009, will head to the defending CIS champion St. Mary’s Huskies who defeated Travis Yonkman and the University of Alberta in March to win their first CIS championship.
Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb is pleased for both players. “It’s great for Michael and Derek to be able to further not only their hockey career but to use the WHL Education program to attend great academic schools. Playing in the Maritimes is a great experience; we wish them the best of luck and congratulate them on their commitments.”
With this said, I still think there are some pro protential for both of these players. An NHL training camp may be in the works as well. For now, this is the plan moving forward.