There is quite a buzz around the 2021-2022 season after the fans got a look at the regular season Clippers line-up in Powell River last weekend. The Clippers dominated both games over the Kings by winning the games on the road by a combined score of 10 to 3. Things have looked up even more with the return of Sean Donaldson from the United States Hockey League (Sioux Falls Stampede) for this coming weekend’s home and home series with the Kings.
Donaldson was by far the best player on the Clippers during the 2020-2021 Extended Training Camp, helping the Clippers win the Island Cup Championship, but when the season was put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, he went down south to continue his hockey career. Fortunately for the Clippers, Donaldson decided to return to the BCHL for his final Junior A hockey season before heading on to college hockey at the University of Connecticut.
Donaldson is one of the few players in the league that have won a BCHL championship, which he received while playing on the Prince George Spruce Kings in the 2018-2019 season. After the championship season, he moved onto the Nanaimo Clippers in the 2019-2020 season where he had 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 44 games in a season shortened by injury. As a fourth-year returning player last year, it was clear that Donaldson had made significant strides to being one of the best players in the league which he clearly demonstrated during the Extended Training Camp.
Donaldson is now entering his fifth and final year in the BCHL and is expected to be one of the key players in the Clippers organization for 2021-2022 season. Darren Naylor, GM and Head Coach of the Clippers committed; “Colin Birkas, Wes Mussio and I have accumulated a very good team for the 2021-2022 season but we were missing that gamebreaker type forward who we can rely on to produce that all-important game winner when the going gets tough. Last year, when Sean left the team to go down south to the USHL because of Covid-19 restrictions, he left a huge hole in our roster which was very noticeable in the Pod Season. With the return of Sean, I am extremely optimistic of our team’s chances this year, because he’s that dynamic player that everyone needs in the pursuit of a championship.”