Abbotsford’s Brenden Saether will be continuing his hockey journey with the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards program.
The Boston-based school competes in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Saether, 20, played with both the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and the Yale Hockey Academy before two seasons with the Mission City Outlaws of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.
He went on to play a season and a half in the British Columbia Hockey League, with stints on the Surrey Eagles and the Powell River Kings. The past two seasons he has suited up for the Swan Valley Stampeders, a Manitoba Junior Hockey League club based out of Swan River, Man.
The defenceman collected six points in 54 games with the Stampeders in 2019-20, and scored three points in nine games during the COVID-19 shortened 2020-21 MJHL season.
“I am very excited to join the Leopard family,” Saether stated in a press release. “Wentworth Institute of Technology offers everything I am looking for in a post-secondary institution, both on and off the ice. Attending WIT is an amazing opportunity to complete my studies and further my hockey development in the historic city of Boston. I would like to thank Coach Wolffie for all his help during the recruiting process.
Also, I want to thank my amazing family, billets, coaches, training staff and teammates for all their support in helping me achieve this goal. To the Board of Directors, Volunteers and Corporate Sponsors of the Stampeders, your hard work and support of the team have helped make these last two years in Swan River very, very special.”
The Leopards last competed in 2019-20 and finished with an overall record of 9-16-13. A schedule for 2021-22 has not yet been revealed, but the typical season begins in late-October or early-November.