Jake Harrison has committed to Nebraska-Omaha

Warriors captain finds a home

A rough season for West Kelowna Warriors captain Jake Harrison has ended on a positive note.

Harrison received a concussion during the second period of the season opener, and didn't return to the lineup until the playoffs.

The long-term recovery prompted the University of Michigan to renounce a scholarship it extended to Harrison two years ago.

But, he turned heads with his surprising return in round one of the BCHL playoffs, picking up four points in five games, earning a couple phone calls from NCAA scouts.

“I am beyond excited to commit to such a great school”, said Harrison. “The culture and the high level of Omaha gets me the most excited.”

“We are very happy for Jake and his family”, said Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson. 

“Jake went through a very difficult season, but was always positive and a consummate leader in our dressing room. When he stepped back on the ice in the playoffs it gave our team a huge lift and he was one of the best players on the ice. Nebraska Omaha is getting a quality player and person and we are excited to follow his career.”

Despite the long recovery and rest, Harrison continued to represent the team in the community when he was able.

“I want to thank my family first. They stuck by me and supported me through some very tough times and guided me the best way they could. My coaches and teammates for always being there everyday and giving me a chance to play in the playoffs.

"My friends and of course one special friend, Warriors superfan Brendan Ritchie for being such an inspiration to myself and many others. Lastly the Omaha coaching staff for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.” 

Ritchie is currently stationed at Stollery Children’s hospital in Edmonton battling pulmonary hypertension.

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