Another Estevan Bruins alumni, goaltender Bo Didur, has found a home for the 2018-19 season. After a stellar campaign in Estevan, in which he was named the team's playoff MVP, Didur has committed to play hockey at Concordia University in Wisconsin for his freshman college year.
Didur, 21, came to Estevan in a trade with Salmon Arm of the BCHL in December. While he wasn't a Bruin for as long as some of his fellow graduating teammates, he parlayed his time in Estevan into a college committment that he's very excited about.
"It's been my dream to play college hockey in the States since peewee," he said via phone from Vancouver, where he's been training in the offseason. "I don't think it's going to hit me until I get down there."
Didur isn't the only one who's excited. The coaches at Concordia made a big push to acquire him, especially as his strong season turned into an impressive playoff run.
"I started talking to them before this season was done," Didur said. "Both their coaches were incredibly nice and expressed a lot of excitement about the possibility of me coming to their school."
"Going deep and having a good playoffs definitely helped," he added. "It defintely made them express more interest and moved the process along."
Didur did some scouting of his own on the nature of the campus, and had some inside information, which helped his choice. He'll be studying business, majoring in sports entertainment and business management.
"I have a buddy going into his junior year there and he says it's a great spot. The coaches care, the schooling is good, the campus is fun. It's everything you want in a university."
Didur played 19 regular season games and and 15 playoff games for the Bruins. In the regular season he posted a solid .920 save percentage and a GAA of just 2.46. In the playoffs, he upped his game and had an eye-popping .930 save percentage.
Didur was named the team playoff MVP, and the Bruins are certainly glad they acquired him. Didur was glad to come to Estevan too, and opined in an end-of-year speech that he wished he'd come to Estevan sooner.
"More than any place I've ever been, I noticed the people," he said. "The coaches and players, and extending out into the city of Estevan as well. Even when my parents came here they said, 'I didn't know there was a big group of people that were this nice in the world.'"
"It was a breath of fresh air and I'll miss it. The camaraderie, everyone being so genuine, it was nice."
Didur becomes the latest in a long line of 2017-18 Bruins to officially commit to post-secondary hockey, including billet-mate and team captain Jake Fletcher, who committed to Concordia in Montreal.