The Nanaimo Clippers have added a key addition to the roster for the 2019-20 season. 20-year-old Travis Walton has agreed to play for the Clippers after three years with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. Travis is a 6 foot 2 in, 192 pound forward with a great work ethic and a high hockey IQ who can play a 200 foot game in any league.
Travis played at the Yale Hockey Academy over two years before committing to the Chilliwack Chiefs for the 2016-2017 season but then deciding to move on to the WHL instead of staying in the BCHL. While at the Yale Hockey Academy, he was a key component of the championship team during the 2014-2015 season. Overall, he accumulated 82 points in 63 games in the CSSHL. He also played in the U16 Team BC program.
Darren Naylor, Head Coach of the Nanaimo Clippers, commented “Travis has been on our protected list for two years as we were hoping to be able to secure him in his final year of junior hockey. I’ve coached Travis in a number of spring programs when he was younger and was impressed by his leadership abilities on and off the ice. Travis puts in a full effort on every shift and is very defensively responsible. I can’t be happier with this addition to our roster for the coming season as he adds a much-needed big body upfront who is willing to play a defensive shutdown game while contributing offensively.”
Wes Mussio, owner of the Clippers, explained “I’ve watched Travis play since he was five years old initially on the Vancouver Select spring program. He always impressed me as being a very committed, high skill forward. Indeed, he has always been one of the highest ranked 1999 born forwards in British Columbia throughout the years. He’s going to be a key part of a very competitive team we are putting forward for the 2019-2020 season.”
Travis is set to join the Clippers in August at Main Camp.
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