The Nanaimo Clippers have traded for Ethan Mistry from the Toronto Jr Canadians of the OJHL. Ethan, an ’03 defenceman, played his minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) with Don Mills Flyers program before heading down south to play for the NV River Rats Program out of Mansfield, Massachusetts. While in the GTHL, often described as the best minor hockey league in North America, he helped his team win championships in 2017-2018 and in 2018-2019 while being the captain. As a result, he was drafted by the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL Priority Selection Draft (Major Junior) in 2019 but opted to pursue the NCAA route instead. He’s committed to attending Brown’s University in the NCAA Div. 1 starting in the 2022-2023 season.
Darren Naylor, Head Coach and GM, offered; “Ethan is a smart and highly skilled defenceman that has been successful at all levels, including being the captain of two championship teams in minor hockey in the toughest league in the country. I spoke to a number of his coaches that he has had over the years and they all rave about his leadership qualities, elite level skating and his compete level. We are expecting big things from Ethan this year as he transitions into his first full year of Junior A hockey”.
Colin Birkas, Associate Coach, added; “Ethan is another player from Ontario who I became familiar with when I was coaching out in Ontario. He was always considered to be a leader of the ’03 age group putting up some very good numbers for a defenceman. He’s not the biggest defenceman we have on the backend this year but his skill set is suited for the BCHL because of his elite level skating, his excellent vision and his ability to read plays. On top of all his offensive skills, he is very responsible defensively. I’m looking forward to using him in all situations this year including the power play and the penalty kill”.