The Clippers have moved one step closer to solidifying what will be a highly productive forward core for the 2021-2022 season. They have added forward Charles-Edward Tardif for future considerations from the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. Tardif is a 2003 born centre from Québec City. He finished off his minor hockey career playing at the Ontario Hockey Academy in 2019-2020 where he accumulated 54 points, including 21 goals in 36 games played. Last season, he played in the NAHL for two teams as a rookie accumulating 11 points in 33 games. He is committed to moving onto the NCAA Division I in 2022-2023 for Michigan Tech.
Tardif was drafted 139th overall by the Charlottetown Islanders in the QMJHL (Mayor Junior) but decided to go the NCAA route. He was subsequently drafted in 2020 at 116th overall by the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL but elected to come over the BCHL instead.
Darren Naylor, Head Coach and GM, noted: “We are happy to bring Charles-Edward into our program. We were shopping around for a high-skills centre to play with some of our snipers in a top 6 role. We are optimistic that Charles-Edward will be a good fit in our program in that role. He comes with a high IQ and excellent playmaking skills. He’s also got a nasty edge to him I like as he accumulated quite a few penalties in the NAHL last year. We are happy to sign Charles-Edward because a number of other BCHL programs were pursuing him as well”.
Colin Birkas, Associate Coach added: “I became familiar with Tardif during the time when I was coaching out in Ontario. He was one of the elite level 2003 born players in the east and so when I heard that he may be available, I made sure Coach Naylor jumped on the opportunity. He is going to bring a high level of skill, speed and grit to our team. I’m optimistic he will produce well at the BCHL level while being responsible in his own end.”