Defenceman gets all-star nod

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Graeme McCormack was announced this week as a BCHL second-team all-star.

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Graeme McCormack is a B.C. Hockey League all-star after a 12-goal

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Graeme McCormack is a B.C. Hockey League all-star after a 12-goal

One Nanaimo Clippers player gets a bit of a consolation prize after the team missed the playoffs.

Defenceman Graeme McCormack was announced this week as one of the B.C. Hockey League’s second-team all-stars.

The alternate captain played all 60 of Nanaimo’s games, scoring 12 goals and compiling 54 points.

The 20-year-old moves on now to the NCAA, where he will skate at Bemidji State University.

“[Bill] Bestwick brought me here and helped me a lot and [Mike] Vandekamp helped me a lot, too,” he said. I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve got to use all that and become a really good college player.”

He said the end of the 2011-12 season was tough at times, with the Clippers out of the playoff race, but he was able to have fun with it.

“We all play hockey because we love it. We’re just a bunch of teenage kids playing the sport we love,” he said. “We really pulled on that and we ended up having fun.”

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