Dryden Ice Dog defenseman Jake Gushue is headed to Caronport, Saskatchewan to attend Briercrest College and Seminary to play for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s Briercrest Clippers in the fall of 2017.
The 20 year old blueliner started the 2016 – 2017 season with the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s English River Miners and finished in Dryden for the first place Ice Dogs. The 6’2” and 205 lbs Maple Ridge, British Columbia native saw action in 16 SIJHL regular season games in Red Lake with the Miners where the 20 year old had three assists and tallied a total of 40 minutes penalties. After joining Dryden for the final 38 regular season game in 2016 – 2017, Gushue added one goal and 14 contributors with the Ice Dogs while adding 104 penalty minutes to his final regular season of junior ‘A’ hockey. In five post – season games heading into game four of the 2017 Bill Salonen Cup finals, the Maple Ridge native had two goals and one assist.
Gushue told the Junior Hockey Network that the reason he choose Briercrest was “they’re hockey program sounded first class and I was really impressed with how they run things there. They play in a very competitive league in the ACAC, I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me to further my hockey career. A big reason why I made the commitment is I truly feel like Briercrest will help me continue to grow off the ice and become a great well rounded man . I can’t wait to start things at Briercrest this fall.”