UPDATE: Connor Bowie is not skating with the Portland Winterhawks this evening. There’s a good chance that he’ll be playing with ‘Hawks on Sunday.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Yet another young hockey player from Fort St. John is going to be playing at the top level of Junior hockey this season.
The Prince Albert Raiders announced last night that they have signed Fort St. John native Austin Crossley. Crossley has played 25 games with the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers this season, picking up a goal and an assist, along with 22 penalty minutes. He captained Team B.C. at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Mississauga last May to an undefeated gold-medal performance. Crossley was named Most Valuable Defenceman for the tournament.
Last year, he played the bulk of his season with the Junior ‘B’ Kamloops Storm in the KIJHL, where he tallied nine points and 64 penalty minutes in forty games. He previously was invited to the Raiders’ training camp at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
Meanwhile, Connor Bowie will be back playing in the WHL tonight. The 15 year-old, who is currently has the second-most points with the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers this season, was called up yesterday by the Portland Winterhawks. Connor’s mom Julia says that he will be in Portland for the next week, helping to fill slots in the team’s roster that have been caused by a number of players being injured. Bowie previously skated with the Winterhawks during training camp this season,
Crossley will be lacing up for his first game with the Raiders tonight in Prince Albert for a game against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 6:00 p.m. MST.
Bowie is also expected to skate for the Winterhawks this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for a game that would feature two Fort St. John natives. Playing defence for the Winterhawks’ opponent is none other than Jarrett Ralph, who is in his third season playing with the Victoria Royals.