May 24, 2018
The Chilliwack Chiefs have announced the commitment of 16 year-old forward Ethan Bowen for the 2018-2019 hockey season. Bowen was an affiliate player with the Chiefs for the 2017-18 season as they hosted the RBC Cup.
In addition to his commitment to the Chiefs, the Chilliwack native has accepted a full scholarship as a “true” freshman to the University of North Dakota for the 2020-2021 season.
Ethan comes to the Chiefs after being the 39th overall pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft – first pick of the Kelowna Rockets.
Bowen was a consensus top five pick prior to the draft but fell to the second round because he would not sign a WHL Standard Players Agreement prior to the draft with any team. Despite this, the Kelowna Rockets used their first selection on Bowen.
When asked about the selection last spring, Bowen said, “I am honored to be drafted by such a great organization as Kelowna.”
When asked about his decision to play with the Chiefs versus the WHL Bowen said “ thanks to guys like Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Dennis Cholowski, the BCHL has demonstrated to younger players like myself that you can play Junior A and College and not fall off the radar with Hockey Canada and the NHL. I am very excited to join the Chiefs and UND to further my hockey career.”
This past season Bowen captained the Abbotsford based Yale Bantam Prep Lions where he scored 33 goals and added 29 assists in 29 games.
Adding to his resume, Bowen was voted an All-star at each tournament the Lions competed in this year.
He also captured the Top Scorer award at the Pat Quinn Classic and was named Tournament MVP at what is widely held as the top Bantam Tournament in Western Canada—The John Reid Memorial in St. Albert, Alberta where he led the tournament in scoring with eleven goals and ten assists points in six games.
It was the third highest total put up at the tournament behind only Jonathan Toews (36 points) and Michael St. Croix (23 points). Bowen has been nominated by the Hockey Now magazine as the British Columbia Minor Hockey Player of the Year.