Kienan Draper discusses his return to the BCHL for one more season

Red Wings prospect Kienan Draper has chosen to return to the BCHL for one final season after skating in an up-and-down campaign for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers last year, and Draper suggests to the Vancouver Province’s Steve Ewen that he has “unfinished business” with his Chilliwack Chiefs:

Draper is committed to Miami University (Ohio) and slated to join their program next season. He’s opted to come back to play for the Chiefs and coach Brian Maloney for a final year of junior hockey.

The 18-team BCHL opens its regular season Friday with seven games, including the Chiefs visiting the Langley Rivermen.

“I feel like I have some unfinished business here,” the son of longtime Detroit Red Wings centre Kris Draper said. “With the coaching and facilities, and this being such a fantastic part of the country, I’m really happy to be back.

“Last year was a bit strange. You don’t see guys leave teams and leagues partway through seasons, but we’re hockey players and we wanted to play, and we found a way to get to play.”


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