Bruggen-Cate was T-Birds captain last season
KENT, April 17, 2020 — Seattle Thunderbirds General Manager Bil La Forge today announced former captain Conner Bruggen-Cate will be joining the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men for the 2020-21 season.
Bruggen-Cate played 62 games last season and had 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points. He was named team captain on January 15.
Bruggen-Cate played 263 games in the WHL over five seasons with the Kelowna Rockets and T-Birds. He had 40 goals and 65 assists for 105 points in his WHL career.
“Conner provided leadership and maturity to our team this year,” said La Forge. “St. Francis is getting a player that has great Thunderbird qualities. He is another example of a player that is using the WHL Scholarship to receive an education and continue in their hockey career.”
Bruggen-Cate finished up his WHL eligibility this past season and will now take advantage of the WHL Scholarship Program. For each year that Bruggen-Cate played in the WHL, he receives a year of college tuition and books at St. Francis University.
For each season played in the WHL, a player is awarded with a one-year post-secondary scholarship, which includes tuition, compulsory fees, and required textbooks. A player is able to attend any career enhancing institution of his choice, including universities, colleges, technical institutes, trade schools, or any other institution which will help the player achieve his academic and career goals.
The WHL is the leading supplier of scholarships in Western Canada and offers the most comprehensive scholarship in North America.
The WHL provides the top young talent in the west with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals. The WHL is committed to recognizing academic excellence.