Brandon product Sam Huston has officially signed on to play U-Sports hockey with the Brock University Badgers for the 2020-21 season. Based out of St. Catharines, ON. Brock is coming off of a .500 season that saw the team go 16-16, before bowing out of the Ontario University Athletics quarterfinal with back-to-back losses to the Guelph Gryphons in late-February.
Huston’s leadership will be called into play next season, as the Badgers look to rebound from their most recent postseason heartbreak. Huston, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound blueliner who spent his bantam and midget AAA career playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, was selected in the ninth round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kootenay ICE, where he played parts of three seasons with the club.
In 119 WHL games, Huston had four goals, 17 points and 43 penalty minutes, prior to being sent to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers – the team that drafted him 30th overall in 2014. With the Terriers, Huston went on to pick up 12 goals, 45 points and 44 penalty minutes in just 95 games over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 regular seasons.
The 2018-19 postseason saw the Terriers captain deliver on a whole different level, as he registered seven goals and 13 points in 15 MJHL playoff games, before adding two assists in five Anavet Cup series games and another two assists in four RBC Cup matchups. The strong and steady blueliner provided offence once again in 2019-20, putting up three assists in three postseason games before the year was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2019-20 Brock University Badgers roster did not feature any Manitobans.