Ballhorn speaks about choosing Huskies hockey
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Gordie Ballhorn has chosen to play this season with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
"It is a really good program. I can play minutes and contribute right away. With some of the other schools, I likely wouldn't start playing the minutes I wanted and I think it can be a good stepping stone moving forward".
The 20 year-old says university hockey seemed to be the best option, knowing his pro aspirations can easily be put on hold.
"That hockey (U-Sports) is just as good or better than the Western league. You are playing against all ex-Western league guys that are older, bigger and stronger, so it can be a really good developmental league to move on to the next level".
Ballhorn played four seasons with the Rockets, earning a roster spot as a free agent in the fall of 2015. At the end of his career, the defensive defenceman played in 175 regular season games and had a career high 6 goals and 42 points in his overage season.
"The U of S is one of the top instiutions in Canada, so to come out with a degree pretty much debt free, you are almost ahead right from the start", Ballhorn added.
The Wetaskawin, Alberta resident was an assistant captain with the Rockets the last two seasons.
Named the unsung hero while playing in all 72 regular season games, Ballhorn also led the team in plus/minus at +37.