With all that's going on lately in local hockey -- Aces playoffs and, you might have noticed, UAA in the news for more than just its coach search -- we haven't gotten to an update on Seawolves recruit Michael Stenerson.
Stenerson and the Surrey Eagles on Monday won the BCHL's Fred Page Cup playoff championship with a Game 6 victory over Penticton. Stenerson, who was committed to UAA for this fall, led all playoff scorers with 8-12--20 totals in 17 games. Great news for Seawolves fans, right.
Well, that is, until The Blog noticed that the "C'' that has long sat next to Stenerson's name on the BCHL's online stats -- the "C'' stand for "Committed'' and when you held your cursor on it, it reported that commitment was to UAA -- no longer exists. Nor does Stenerson's name any longer appear on the "Commitments'' page on the league website.
A "C'' that disappears usually means a player has rescinded his commitment -- occasionally, we see or hear the world "decommitted'' in such cases, but not certain that's an actual word -- and unless there is simply a glitch on the BCHL's website, that appears to be the case with Stenerson. Still, haven't turned up anything online that would confirm Stenerson has rescinded his commitment.
(UPDATE: Recruit tracker Chris Heisenberg reports via Twitter that Stenerson is now committed to Vermont.)
Anyhow, don't be mad at the kid if he changed his mind -- the situation at UAA, with coach Dave Shyiak fired last month after eight seasons, is not the one he signed up for. UAA has already lost one commitment. That was from Brent Baltus, who changed his commitment to Michigan Tech.
In any event, Stenerson's season is not done. Surrey now heads to the Western Canada Cup, a five-team tournament in Nanaimo, B.C., that also includes the host Nanaimo Clippers and the champions from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (Brooks Bandits), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (Steinbach Pistons) and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (Yorkton Terriers), Both the winner of the Western Canada Cup and the runner-up advances to the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship next month.