The Victoria Grizzlies are pleased to announce the much anticipated signing of 16 year old Alex Newhook, who originally hails from St. John’s Newfoundland
The signing of Newhook should garner a lot of attention as he has already secured an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship with Boston College where he will attend beginning in September 2019.
It doesn’t stop there, Newhook is also currently ranked to be a First Round draft pick into the NHL in 2019.
“The BCHL is a great place for Canadian players to go before playing NCAA and I’m looking forward to getting better everyday leading up to university” said Newhook. “It will be a good challenge to play against older guys and it will be an adjustment I’m looking forward to.”
Last season the 5’11”, 185 pound left-handed centreman captained the York Simcoe Express Midget AAA team in Ontario. In 32 games with the Express he tallied 43 goals 31 assists and 74 points.
“Alex, although young in age, will come into the league and make an immediate impact and be an elite player right away,” commented Grizzlies Head Coach and GM Craig Didmon.
Newhook, along with Grizzlies’ teammate Jacson Alexander, have also been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s U-17 development camp beginning July 22 in Calgary.
Newhook and Alexander will be the only two 16 yr. Olds on the hockey club. The two should be fan favorites this season and should bring a flock of NHL scouts to the Q Centre on a regular basis.
“No question, both Alex Newhook and Jacson Alexander possess some very special abilities and will be not only be a lot of fun to coach but I am also sure they will be real exciting to watch for our fans,” Didmon added.
With 12 returning players and the addition of world class prospects like Newhook and Alexander the Grizzlies will look to protect their regular season and playoff Island Division Championship and are once again shaping into solid contenders to go after the a BCHL title.