Quinn Disher is making the leap from midget prep hockey to Junior A this fall after another strong season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Penticton Midget Prep team.
The Fort St. John product is joining the BCHL's Trail Smoke Eaters after scoring 18 goals, 24 assists, and 42 points in 36 games with the OHA last season. He'll join a Smoke Eaters team that finished tied for fourth in the BCHL last season with a 36-17-2 record, and with Trail just four hours away from where Disher lives in Penticton, it's hard to imagine a better place for the 17-year-old to go for his first year of junior hockey.
"I'm super excited, I know Trail is a great place, I've been there a few times now. It's a hockey town for sure and I'm real stoked to be a part of it," Disher said.
His OHA team finished eighth in the league last season, but was playing well in playoffs before the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus. At 6 feet and 161 pounds, Disher is a tall, strong forward, and will be relied upon to put the puck in the net.
"For the first year I'm just expecting to get used to junior hockey, and also play the role I'm meant to play, the goal-scorer type guy, and I'm looking forward to improving," Disher said.
A Smoke Eater coach described him as a smart and heady player with a high hockey IQ. The team lost some of its top scorers this offseason, and Disher is one of six rookies joining the team.
While the 2020-21 season is promising for both Disher and the Smoke Eaters, it might not start for a while. The BCHL is currently planning to begin its season December 1, two months later than normal. However, each team will have a three-month training camp, with exhibition games scattered throughout. It will be a different from any season Disher has experienced, but it likely means the team will be extremely tight when it comes time to play its first regular season game.
"It will be three months to get to know everyone and gey with the team, it will be really cool. I'm really looking forward to it and it should be a pretty good experience," said Disher.
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