Makes Choice to Skate for Legacy Program
A little more than a season after coming to Waterloo from Halifax, Nova Scotia, with aspirations to play college hockey in the United States, Shane Bowers has selected Boston University as his post-Black Hawks destination.
The 2017 National Hockey League Draft prospect chose the Terriers on Thursday on the eve of a home-and-home weekend series between the first place Black Hawks and their Highway 20 rivals, the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Bowers has been one of the contributors helping Waterloo to the co-lead in the USHL Western Conference. Through nine games, he is tied as the Hawks’ second-leading scorer with nine points (five goals, four assists). Bowers recorded consecutive game-winning goals (one in overtime) on October 14th and 15th against the Sioux City Musketeers and Sioux Falls Stampede respectively while Waterloo was in the midst of a six-game winning streak. He has a +5 plus/minus differential, and eight of his nine points have been recorded at even strength or shorthanded.
A strong 2015/16 rookie season lifted Bowers into the NHL Draft conversation. Named to the league’s Second Team All-Rookie squad last spring, the forward had accumulated 15 goals and 18 assists in 33 games. Earlier this month, Bowers was graded as an “A” prospect for the draft next June by NHL Central Scouting. He also represented Canada in August during the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Boston University’s hockey history dates back almost 100 years to 1917. The last player to skate for BU after at least one full season in Waterloo was Peter MacArthur from 2004/05 to 2007/08.
With Bowers’ choice, 14 current Waterloo players have made Division I college commitments.
The Hawks host the Saints Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are still available for Top Gun Night; fans of the 1980s classic will have the opportunity to take home a pair of Black Hawks aviator sunglasses by being one of the first 250 fans through the gates at Young Arena. Waterloo players will also wear pink breast cancer awareness jerseys, presented by Great Clips, which will be auctioned after the game to benefit Cedar Valley cancer patients. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visit waterlooblackhawks.com.
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