Brydon Bell is grateful for everything he gained during his lone season playing for the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League last season.
The Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan product put up 17 points in 36 games as a rookie defenceman and is now joining the La Ronge Ice Wolves in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 2022-23 season.
“I not only got to grow my skills and develop as a defenseman, but also as a person,” said Bell, who joined the Border Bruins from the Prairie Hockey Academy program. “Head Coach and GM Dave Hnatiuk has a wealth of hockey knowledge, is a great mentor, and is all about working to move his players up to the next level.”
Hnatiuk is excited to see Bell move on to the Ice Wolves.
“Brydon was an absolute work horse for us on the back end and logged big minutes nightly. He played in all situations, which definitely gave him an opportunity to develop his game in all areas, all while gaining valuable playing experience,” said Hnatiuk. “I am happy and proud of Brydon as he is another example of a player who came to play for us trusting that we could help him get to Junior A. Congrats to Brydon for being rewarded for his hard work, dedication and trusting the process. We wish him all the best in La Ronge.”
Bell added that being a Border Bruin also meant having the support of everyone in the organization and community. He also credited his previous coaches for helping him achieve this.