Warriors Ellis secures scholarship

Brendan Ellis will play his hockey on the east coast next season.

The 20-year-old Ellis, entering his four season with the Westside Warriors, has secured a scholarship at Merrimack College, an NCAA Division One school near Boston, Mass.

Warriors head coach Daren Yopyk was at Merrimack as an assistant coach before coming to the Westside this year.

“We are excited as an organization that Brendan was able to receive a scholarship to a well established program like Merrimack College,” says Yopyk.

“Elly has been a great member of this organization and community for a long time. He has worked hard to earn this opportunity, and we are excited to be a part of him reaching one of his many lifetime goals.”

Ellis has been Yopyk’s go-to guy on defence all season.

He quarterbacks the power play, kills penalties and is often matched against the opponent’s top line.

Ellis will turn 21 in January. He stands 6’2” tall, weighs 206 pounds and hails from Kelowna. He has six goals and 18 points in 17 games this season, which is third among defencemen in the B.C. Hockey League.

In three plus season, Ellis has 22 goals and 86 points in 159 regular season games.

“We know he will continue to be successful on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community,” added Yopyk. “He will be an excellent addition not only to the Hockey Program, but to Merrimack College as a whole. Congratulations Brendan.”

In other Warriors player news, the Warriors announced top-line forward Scott MacDonald is returning to the Western Hockey League, this time with the Everett Silvertips.

“We are excited that we were able to help Scott continue his hockey path,” says Yopyk.

“Our job as an organization is to help players get to where they want to wherever that may be. Having already played in the WHL, Scott wanted to re-join that league as continue pursuing both his athletic and academic dreams. We know that Scott helped us out in his short time here. We as an organization are also proud that we were able to help him out. Scott left here a better player than when he arrived.”

MacDonald had eight goals and 20 points in 15 games this year with the Warriors. He played on the team’s top line with Cam Reid and Trevor Bailey.

The Warriors return to the ice Friday as they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the home half of a home-and-home series.

Westside is just two points in back of the Silverbacks in the race for third in the Interior Conference. The Warriors hold a game in hand.

Friday's game is Spooktacular night. Fans are encouraged to dress in costume. There will be free candy and popcorn for children under 12 and prizes for best costumes.

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