The Surrey Eagles are excited to announce the commitment of 2000-born defenceman Owen Nolan to the team for the upcoming 2019-20 BCHL season. Nolan, who is slated to play NCAA division I hockey for Army after next season, comes to the Eagles from Millbrook of the United States high school prep league.
This is the first move of what can be expected to be a busy offseason for the Eagles, and is the team’s first recruitment under the guidance of new head coach and associate general manager Cam Keith.
“I think it’s the perfect situation for me,” Nolan told SurreyEagles.ca. “What I hear about the BCHL is that it’s a very offensive and fast-paced league, and I think that fits my playing style very well. Coach Cam is a great guy and he really speaks highly of me. It was a no-brainer for me to pick Surrey.”
On top of his connection with coach Keith, another factor in his decision to come to Surrey was the large Olympic-sized ice surface at South Surrey Arena and also the general location of the team.
“It’s very exciting, I love a big ice surface,” Nolan admitted. “It’s nice to be able to skate and have a little more room coming out of my zone. A bigger ice surface usually keeps the game moving and it’s fast, so it’s a lot of fun for a player of my style.”
“Fans can expect me to jump into the play a lot. I like to make plays with my feet and I see the ice well. I can use my stick pretty effectively in the defensive zone and I try to keep my gaps pretty tight against my opponents.”
Nolan says that another one of his qualities that endeared him to coach Keith is his leadership ability. He served as a captain on his high school club, and chose to commit to the U.S. Military Academy despite interest from other universities.
“I like to be a leader, that’s something I bring wherever I go. I intend to lead by example as well as vocally. I just love to compete, so I think that’s where it comes from.”
Welcome to Surrey, Owen!