Bo Cornell of the Castlegar Rebels (pictured) is headed to North Dakota for university next year.                                Photo: KIJHL media

Bo Cornell of the Castlegar Rebels (pictured) is headed to North Dakota for university next year. Photo: KIJHL media

Castlegar players headed for US hockey league

University of Jamestown drafts local players

North Dakota’s University of Jamestown Jimmies are beginning to add new pieces to their program for the 2020-21 season.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) announced Thursday that two of those players are coming from the Castlegar Rebels: Bo Cornell and Hunter Maximnuk.

Cornell of Legal, Alta., has a goal and seven points in 17 games in his third season with the Rebels. Maximnuk, 19, of DeWinton, Alta., has four points in his second season in the league. According to a release by the Jimmies, the Rebels are the first signings for the program for next season by coach Dean Stork.

“We are very fortunate to add a mature defenceman and leader on the ice like Aiden,” said Stork on the program’s website. “He brings a wealth of experience on the back end for our hockey program. He has both a high level character and competitiveness, which will help us in achieving our goal of winning a national championship.

“Hunter is a highly skilled forward with loads of upside,” Stork continued. “He is a skilled centerman on faceoffs and his skating ability will help create a lot of offence which will help us next season.”