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Clippers' roster all set

The Nanaimo News Bulletin profiles the 2013-14 Nanaimo Clippers. Please pick up the Tuesday (Jan. 21) print issue of the News Bulletin. - Photos submitted
The Nanaimo News Bulletin profiles the 2013-14 Nanaimo Clippers. Please pick up the Tuesday (Jan. 21) print issue of the News Bulletin.
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2 Josh McArdle
Defenceman
Age 19
McArdle came to Nanaimo for just one season as he is set to play in the NCAA’s Ivy League in the fall with Brown University. Hailing from Roscoe, Ill., the 6-foot-1, 195 pounder is a battler in the back end and as the season has gone on he has gained the coaches’ trust as a shut-down defender.

3 Austin Dick
Defenceman
Age 20
Dick is another guy who coaches consider one of the warriors on the blueline. He is from Kelowna and played junior B for the Penticton Lakers before coming to Nanaimo. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound ‘Dicker’ just celebrated his birthday this month, so he still has another season of junior eligibility.

4 Colton Dahlen
Defenceman
Age 20
Dahlen, along with Brendan Taylor, is the longest-tenured Clipper in his third season in Nanaimo. Solid at both ends of the ice, the 5-foot-11, 180 pounder had some injury trouble in the fall but is back healthy and contributing. He hails from Coldstream, B.C., near Vernon.

5 Edwin Hookenson
Defenceman
Age 18
Hookenson is a depth guy on the Clippers’ blueline corps right now, a useful guy to put out in power play situations, and coaches expect that over time he will become a valuable offensive defenceman for the hockey club. He stands 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and is from Lampman, Sask.

7 Taylor Grobowski
Forward
Age 19
Grobowski has proven his versatility, transitioning from an exciting offensive-minded style in junior B to a more physical checking style in junior A. The 5-foot-11, 170 pounder from Nanaimo played 30 games with the Clippers this season before being shuffled to the club’s reserve roster.

8 Jacob Hanlon
Forward
Age 18
Hanlon scored the first goal at Frank Crane Arena this season in the team’s home opener against the Victoria Grizzlies. Clippers coaches recognize the 5-foot-10, 170 pounder from Mississauga, Ont. as a guy who endeavours to be the hardest-working player game in, game out.

9 Scott Prier
Defenceman
Age 20
Prier is new to the Clippers this season, but was nonetheless named team captain.The six-foot, 185 pounder from Windsor, Ont., has played every game in 2013-14, has the hardest one-timer on the Clips and is the team’s leading scorer among defencemen. He played last season with Ontario’s LaSalle Vipers.

10 Nick Gushue
Defenceman
Age 19
Gushue has been consistent this season but had one memorable game this season, on his birthday, where he scored two goals including the overtime game-winner. ‘Gushe,’ a 6-foot-3, 205 pounder from West Vancouver, possesses one of the hardest slapshots on the Clippers.

11 Sheldon Rempal
Forward
Age 18
Rempal is the most exciting Clipper to watch, an offensive-minded guy who can dangle around the zone. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound winger from Calgary has played every game this season and leads the Clippers with four game-winning goals. ‘Remps’ has an NCAA commitment to Clarkson University in 2015.

14 Spencer Hewson
Forward
Age 18
Before Hewson’s hand injury he was becoming a reliable player for the Clippers. Though he is one of the youngest players on the team, his maturity and competitiveness indicate he will be a future leader with the hockey club. Hewson, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, from Vernon, just turned 18 on Monday.

16 Anthony Sabitsky
Forward
Age 19
Sabitsky is becoming a more crucial cog with the Clippers, seeing a huge increase in ice time and responsibility as the season goes along. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound  centreman from Sicklerville, N.J. is a two-way forward and one of the team’s best faceoff men. He is known to his teammates as ‘Bitz.’

17 Korey Morgan
Forward
Age 19
Morgan is a two-way forward who can play a lot of different roles for the Clippers, whether it be scoring, checking or killing penalties. ‘Morgs,’ a 5-foot-10, 175 pounder from Windsor, Ont., was a teammate of Scott Prier’s in 2012-13 with the LaSalle Vipers. Morgan is the Clippers’ Twitter MVP.

18 Nick Guerra
Forward
Age 17
Guerra was a late addition to the Clippers this year. He jumped to junior A in December after averaging more than a point a game this past fall with the junior B Saanich Braves in his hometown of Victoria. The 6-foot-1, 185 pounder is the youngest player on the Clippers.

19 Brendan Taylor
Forward
Age 18
Taylor has the most games as a Clipper under his belt by a wide margin, with 150 games played in orange and black. The six-foot, 190 pounder from Nanaimo is an alternate captain and the team’s leading scorer with 43 points. Off the ice, he is the best on the team at the NHL14 video game.

20 Corey Renwick
Forward
Age 18
Renwick is one of the team’s depth forwards and though sometimes his five-on-five ice time is limited, he’s one of the go-to penalty killers and blocks more shots than anyone else. The six-foot, 170-pound centreman from Nanoose Bay used to play for the Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B club.

21 Bo Brauer
Forward
Age 18
Brauer joined the Clippers at the end of training camp, but in time to make a major impact. Hailing from Edina, Minn., the 6-foot-3, 210 pounder leads the team in goals with 18. He and Anthony Sabitsky anchored a ‘Team U.S.A.’ to victory at the Clippers’ golf tournament in the fall.

22 Ryan Forbes
Forward
Age 18
Forbes scored the first goal of the season for the Clippers against the West Kelowna Warriors at the B.C. Hockey League’s Showcase event in Chilliwack in September. ‘Forbesy,’ a six-foot, 180-pound checker and role player from Kitimat busted a slump with a goal earlier this month.

23 Luke Sandler
Forward
Age 20
Sandler was the Clippers’ major addition at the trade deadline, acquired from the Surrey Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound power forward has scored in four of his first five games in Nanaimo. Hailing from Chicago, he began the 2013-14 season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL.

24 Mason Mitchell
Forward
Age 19
Mitchell is from Calgary and has been known to wear cowboy boots to the arena, but when he straps on the blades he’s easily the fastest skater on the team. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound power forward plays a feisty brand of hockey and leads the Clippers in penalty minutes with 82.

25 Shay Laurent
Defenceman
Age 21
Leading up to the trade deadline the Clippers said they were seeking a steady veteran D-man and managed to find one in Laurent, who came from the Chilliwack Chiefs. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner from Fort McKay, Alta. has immediately taken on a role as a shut-down specialist.

27 Devin Brosseau
Forward
Age 18
Brosseau was another guy who assumed a leadership role right away with a new team as he is an alternate captain on the Clippers. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound centre from St. Lambert, Que. secured an NCAA scholarship earlier this season to attend Clarkson University in 2015 along with Sheldon Rempal.

30 Tanner Kovacs
Goaltender
Age 19
The Clippers took a few tries to find a backup goalie in 2013-14 before they managed to get hold of Kovacs from the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League at the end of November. The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder from St. Albert, Alta. projects as a future No. 1 goalie for the Clippers.

32 Jayson Argue
Goaltender
Age 20
Argue has been one of the most valuable players on the Clippers this season. He is second in the league in both wins (19) and save percentage (.927). The six-foot, 175-pound ‘Args,’ from Swan River, Man., committed to the NCAA’s Bentley College earlier this season and will head there in the fall.

00 Mike Vandekamp
Head coach
Vandekamp is from Fort St. John, B.C. The hockey rink there was the place to be growing up, he said, and he wants the rink to be the place to be in Nanaimo, too. He is in his third season as head coach of the Clippers and formerly coached in Merritt, Vernon, Prince George and Grande Prairie, Alta.

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