There are some good things that came from the COVID-19 restrictions. The Nanaimo Clippers hit the gold mine when the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the OJHL were unable to play in the 2020-2021 season. That opened the door for Craig to head west and excel in the BCHL for the past two seasons with the Clippers. His high skill set and slick skating style landed him an NCAA Div 1 scholarship with Robert Morris University in the Atlantic Division of the NCAA.
In the 2021-2022 season, Craig was easily the top offensive defenceman before the injury bug hit. He had 2 goals and 22 assists in 35 games, quarterbacking the 1st power play unit and being an anchor on the top defence pairing.
Wes Mussio, President of the Clippers explained; “Michael came to the Clippers last year and you could tell right away he had the hockey sense and skill to make a big impact in the BCHL. Michael has really developed over the two years with the club. He is a huge part of our offensive push from the back end as evidenced by the reduced success the team has seen on the power play since he went down to injury. When you see the team success go down with one player’s injury, you know he is that stud who anchors the team from the back end. We are excited to get him back in the line up shortly heading into the playoffs.”