FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There is positive news coming from the Fort St. John Huskies this week, including a 50/50 sellout and a pair of players headed to Marian University in the fall.

Huskies general manager Jeremy Clothier says defenceman Aiden Tegart and centre Dean Whitcomb have committed to Marian University, making them the third and fourth Huskies players to move on to Marian.

Aiden Tegart has been with the Huskies for six seasons. Playing in 117 games, he tallied 11 goals, 32 assists, and 302 penalty minutes.

Clothier says Tegart’s size and passion meant he needed to be reeled in from time to time as a youngster, but as the years went on, the imposing defender learned to pick his spots.

“At 6’2″, 200 pounds, every time he hit someone in minor hockey he got a penalty,” says Clothier.

“He wasn’t a big offensive guy, but a shut-down guy who could skate. Probably one of the best skaters in our league.”

Having played six years with the team, Clothier says he was one of the guys in the dressing room he didn’t have to worry about.

“The guys looked up to him. He was one of the guys we could talk to. When you’re 6’2″ guys look up to you pretty easily, but being there for six years, he would just go into the dressing room and take over.”

Clothier says the 302 penalty minutes tell a different story when you watched his progression.

“In his first couple of years, a lot of the penalties were misconducts. Last year he went down to 61 penalty minutes, and I don’t think he got one misconduct. The older he got, the better he got at knowing when and where he could get away with things.”

Joining Tegart next year at the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin campus will be Dean Whitcomb.

After being enticed away from a European travel vacation, Whitcomb joined the Huskies partway through the 2018-2019 season, and Clothier says the 5’10”, 179-pound centre made an immediate impact.

“It was the year we had a really good chance of making provincials. He was actually overseas, just touring Europe. He basically flew home to Prince George, drove up to Fort St. John, hadn’t skated in eight months, and was instantly one of the hardest workers in our lineup. He went to war every night.”

In 46 games over three seasons with the Huskies, Whitcomb scored 17 goals to go along with 30 assists and 62 penalty minutes. Whitcomb previously played in the KIJHL for the North Okanagan Knights, where he was a 0.76 point per game player.

Tegart and Whitcomb’s commitments mark the third and fourth Huskies players to move on to Marian University.

“We sent our captain down there three years ago, and he became one of the favourites of the program. The guys that we’ve sent down there have all been quality people, which is a big thing for us.”

Clothier is proud of the Huskies’ tradition of developing solid people and great hockey players.

“There are good hockey players that are just hotheads, or they have the attitude that they’re better than everybody else. All the kids we’ve sent away have been good people who want to better themselves, and that’s what the coach from Marian is looking for, good character people.”

To add to the good news, the Huskies 50/50 raffle is officially sold out. The $20,000 grand prize will be drawn on March 31st.