Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles have made another massive move to bolster their forward core. The team is proud to announce ’02’ forward Mark Hillier has committed to the team for the 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season. The Labrador City, Newfoundland native comes to the Eagles with his friend and linemate of last season Cole Galata, who committed to the team earlier in the off-season. Hillier also comes to the Eagles with a NCAA commitment to Merrimack College.
It was a phenomenal season for the Eagles newest recruit last year, as he put up 52 goals and 112 points in just 56 games with St. Andrews College in the CAHS. His incredible season saw him break the all-time scoring record for the league, which was previously held by Colton Harder (Hillier has 213 points, Harder has 182 points). Mark has an immense amount of talent and hockey IQ, but is also physically imposing. He stands 6’1 and weighs 183 pounds.
For Mark, there were a couple of huge factors when choosing the Eagles as his BCHL destination. “Obviously, going away from home and moving to the other side of the country to play hockey, a big thing is feeling comfortable where you are. Cole Galata, a great friend of mine and past teammate is going to be there, and players who have played or still play with Surrey have all said great things about the team, the location, and everything about the Surrey Eagles. It’s an environment I want to be in with people I want to surround myself with.”
Hillier gave a scouting report on himself for fans who haven’t gotten the opportunity to see him play. “I like to see myself as a strong 200 foot player. I like to be a player who can be trusted in all areas of the game at every given moment. Offensively, I see the ice well and make smart, quick passes to my teammates. l like playing with creativity, which helps create some quality scoring chances. When I don’t have the puck, I like finding space to get the puck so I can put it into the net.”
There’s a lot of excitement for Mark in advancing his junior hockey career, but also being able to continue his journey with his great friend Cole. “It’s huge. Toward the end of last season we both thought our journey together was over. Having the chance to play with him again is really exciting and we’re going to have another great year together, and with other great players who will compliment our style.”
We reached out to Cole Galata and got his thoughts on his good friend signing with the Eagles for next season. Cole showed as much excitement as Mark did when asked about the possibility of playing together next season. “It’s an honour to have the opportunity to play with Mark again. Not only do we have incredible chemistry on the ice, but we’re such close friends. I can’t wait to continue our hockey career together with Surrey.”
Finally, this is a massive feather in the cap for Eagles Head Coach Cam Keith, who added another high profile piece to an Eagles core which is looking to make serious moves for next season. When asked about Mark, Cam couldn’t contain himself. “The best way to describe Mark’s game is to envision a younger Jonathan Toews. Mark is good friends with former line mate Cole Galata which influenced his decision to pick Surrey. The chemistry they create is nothing short of spectacular. You win championships with kids like Mark and Cole so our expectations have greatly increased.”
Welcome to the flock Mark!!!
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