The 'Hawk' will be flying north for the winter.
West Kelowna Warriors forward Shawn Hochhausen has accepted a scholarship to the University Alaska Fairbanks.
The 20-year-old Kelowna product will begin his college career in the fall of 2013 once his junior career comes to an end.
Hochhausen will join teammate Marcus Basara at the University of Alaska Fairbank.
Basara is also committed to the school beginning in the fall.
“It’s always nice to have a buddy going, that’s for sure” admits Hochhausen.
However, the veteran centreman has plenty of other reasons for choosing UAF.
“It seems like a good program, I’ve heard lots of good things” Hochhausen says, adding “it seems like a great place to live, as well.”
The Kelowna native also seems excited for the Alaskan experience.
“It’s a lot different from other places, but I think I’ll like it” he grins.
Currently in his third year with the Warriors, Hochhausen has become a centerpiece of the team. He has played in every one of West Kelowna’s 35 games so far this year, posting 28 points and 52 penalty minutes.
“‘Hawk’ is just as important to any team as the 50-goal scorer, or the unbelievable goalie” insists Warriors Head Coach Rylan Ferster.
“You won’t win without guys like him.”
Ferster contends that Hochhausen is one of the most complete players in the BCHL, and also reckons his value will translate to the NCAA.
“He’s going to be a guy who’ll be in the lineup every single night, because he’s just so hard to play against.”
Hochhausen will be on the ice when West Kelowna hosts Powell River on Friday night. The Warriors then visit Trail on Saturday.