100 Mile House Wranglers captain Ethan Sanders has signed with the Arizona State University Sun Devils in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
The Kamloops product still had a year of junior hockey eligibility, but chose to take advantage of the Sun Devils offer. The 6-0, 190-pound forward felt “it would be a pretty good next step to take in” in his hockey career and education.
The Sun Devils are a good fit for Sanders as he will be able to study sports management to become a player agent, and feels he is joining a strong program that plays in a competitive league. Sanders recently received the Remembering Grant Sheridan Scholarship awarded by MindRight Society for Athletes.
Sanders spent two seasons with the Wranglers, playing in 72 career regular season games. He recorded 23 goals and 47 points and added a goal in three playoff games. Sanders said the KIJHL is competitive every night.
“You are facing good players and it’s a tough league to play in,” he said. “I tried to improve on my game throughout the season and put my best foot forward no matter what I was doing on the ice or in the gym.”
Sanders also focused on being more responsible in the defensive zone.
“We are proud and pleased for Ethan to be continuing his hockey career at the college level,” said Wranglers Head Coach-GM Dale Hladun. “He was a respected captain here and throughout our league. His leadership and efforts were huge for our program re-establishing our strong culture. It is also a very proud moment for the 100 Mile House community in having a local son moving on to higher hockey levels.”