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Bowie off to university in the fall

Connor Bowie commits to Toronto's Metropolitan University
Former Prince George Cougars forward and Fort St. John's Connor Bowie is excited. The 21-year-old decided this week to sign with Toronto Metropolitan University to continue playing hockey. He'll also hopes to score a business degree, while there.

Fort St. John's Connor Bowie is off to university.

The 21-year-old, who just finished his junior hockey career with the Prince George Cougars this past spring, has committed to newly-named Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson.

“I did some recruitment trips flying all over to Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, kind of checking out schools, looking into their hockey programs,” said Bowie.

“Came back home (to Fort St. John) and thought about it for about a month. Finally decided to pick one and I'm really excited.”

Bowie said he made the decision earlier this week based on the exposure he feels he'll get in the market.

“Toronto is, like, the hockey mecca. There's lot of American Hockey League buzz around there. They have a club in the city,” he added.

The Marlies, the farm team of the Toronto Maple Leafs, being close by was certainly a big draw.

“Ultimately, though, it came down to the hockey program and just how they take care of their players. Their rink is the old Maple Leaf Gardens. It's an unreal facility. The coaches, the's was really what I was looking for.”

Bowie has committed to four years with Toronto MU where he'll study business and, in his words, continue to develop his playing skills.

"It's a spot where I'm going to have a lot of opportunity on a good team and have some success going forward.”

By committing now, Bowie can maintain an annual ritual he's had the last few years – a trip down to Kelowna for physical strength training and endurance in August, before a trip to training camp.

Albeit, for the first time in four years, it'll be with a whole new set of fresh faces.