The Surrey Eagles are in the process of finalizing their roster for opening day on Friday, and have acquired forward Ryan Brushett from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound Brushett scored 10 goals and added 16 assists in 50 games with the Vipers last season. He also notched a goal and two assists in 10 playoff games.
Eagles president and general manager Blaine Neufeld spoke about the deal to SurreyEagles.ca, and feels that the 19-year-old can have a major impact on the roster moving forward.
“Ryan is an experienced player in this league, and is a proven point producer. Adding player of his skill level right at the beginning of the season really gives us a boost of confidence. We feel that our group is very strong and have come together through camp, so it will be nice to add Ryan to that mix and give us even more depth to our powerful forward group.”
Prior to playing in the BCHL, Brushett spent two years in the USHL with Sioux Falls and Bloomington. The Verdun, Quebec native was also a sixth-round selection in the 2014 QMJHL draft.
The Eagles are set to kick off the 2017-18 BCHL season on Friday night, as the Langley Rivermen come to town for a 7 PM meeting. They will quickly follow that with a Sunday afternoon matchup against the visiting Coquitlam Express. Game time is 4 PM at South Surrey Arena.