Surrey, BC – The Surrey Eagles organization is proud to announce the commitment of 2001 born defenseman Matt Connor to the team for the 2020-21 B.C Hockey League season. The right shot defender will join the team after this season concludes, but will play out his 2019-20 hockey season with Lawrence Academy in the United States High School Prep League (USHS-Prep).
The Amherst, New Hampshire native will be 19 by the time he starts his BCHL career, and will be another strong defensive defenseman in Cam Keith’s top 6. The 6’2, 220 pound blue-liner will look to be an impact player right out of the gate, and has shown well so far in the USHS Prep league, with 4 goals, 7 assists for 11 points in 27 games last year for Lawrence while being a defensive stalwart for the team.
Matt knows he’ll be looked upon to be an impact player right out of the gate, and is excited about the possibility of playing in Surrey next season. He told us in an interview with SurreyEagles.ca, “I’m very excited. It’s a good group of guys, and I’m just happy to be here.” Connor elaborated on his play style a bit more, adding, “I’m a pretty physical guy, I like to hit a lot of guys with a good, hard shot. I’m a stay at home defenseman.” Connor will look to be a “part of the team, be a good team player, buying in and playing hard every game. I’m always going to give it my all.”
Eagles head coach Cam Keith also spoke on the news of Connor committing to the group for next year. “Matt’s going to be a kid that can come in right away and have an impact in the BCHL. He’ll be a 19 year old rookie that’ll be expected to play a big role right away.”
Connor won’t have to learn a whole bunch of new faces however, as him and current Eagles defenseman Brett Bliss have been friends for a long time back over on the other side of the continent. Cam admitted, “It just helped us recruit him, because the parents knew each other and Brett gave him the run down and a glowing recommendation about what’s going on out here.”
Welcome to the flock Matt!!