After four seasons as a Bison, the Stony Mountain product has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kitmart Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League of Britain. The 24-year-old, two-time Bisons’ team captain (2017-18, 2018-19) will join the Stars following yet another successful U-Sports season for the University of Manitoba.
“I am really excited to come and put a Stars jersey on and get to know some people in the community and work hard for them,” Stovin said in a team media release. “After speaking with a few teams overseas, it just seemed right to come to Dundee. Speaking with (Stars’ Head Coach/GM) Omar Pacha and (Dundee defenceman) Drydn Dow, they both seemed to talk about how close-knit the community is there. I’m there to do what it takes and the fans will see it because that’s what I am about.”
Stovin, a former Interlake Lightning midget AAA star, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Saskatoon Blades. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound role player worked his way through the Blades’ lineup for the better part of four Western League seasons, culminating his time by serving as team captain in the 2014-15 season, before briefly suiting up for the East Coast Hockey League’s Missouri Mavericks at season’s end.
In eight ECHL games, Stovin had six points, while also playing 27 games for the Winnipeg Blues in the 2010-11, in which the versatile all-round position player put up seven goals and 15 points. With the Blades, Stovin was nearly a half-point-per-game player, collecting 68 goals, 126 points and 101 penalty minutes in 263 career regular season contests.
“One of the main reasons why I wanted Brett was because he can play both sides, he can play centre and he can play defence,” said Stars’ Omar Pacha. “He is a really versatile player and you can just see his character. Stovin was the captain for the last few years in Manitoba, he was also captain of his junior team, so he has great leadership skills and he is a hard-working player. I think he is going to be more suited to the professional game than the college game.”
Following the completion of this WHL career, Stovin signed with the Bisons, where he dressed for 106 games over the course of four seasons. He put up 30 goals and 83 points during that timespan, earning the CIS Rookie of the Year award in 2015-16, before taking home multiple personal and team leadership honours over the course of his Bisons career.
The Dundee Stars finished the 2018-19 EIHL season third in the Gardiner Division with a 23-25-12 record, good for 58 points. The Stars’ 169 goals for were second-worst in the league, while playing the most disciplined hockey. Although finishing 10th out of 11 teams last season, Stovin and the Stars are looking towards a strong showing in 2019-20 in Scotland.