The University of Calgary Dinos have signed forward Jaeger White to a standard U-Sports student-athlete contract for the 2020-21 COVID-19 shortened season. The 22-year-old centreman spent the past year with Ottawa’s University of Carleton Ravens program, however, a ruptured achilles tendon disallowed his participation in the 2019-20 season.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Medicine Hat product had a four-year Western Hockey League career, which saw stints with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (2014-15), the Everett Silvertips (2015), the Brandon Wheat Kings (2016), the Medicine Hat Tigers (2017-18) and the Kootenay ICE (2018-19).
He spent just 13 total games with the Wheat Kings, before finishing off his career with the ICE. Then known as the Kootenay ICE, the team playing out of Cranbrook saw White put together his best offensive season, collecting 28 goals and 52 points in 67 games. In 219 total regular season games, White earned 43 goals, 106 points and 61 penalty minutes, before adding two goals and six points in six postseason contests.
Calgary’s ninth recruit of the offseason joins an onslaught of additional personnel for the coming year, including a number of names that may seem familiar to Manitobans involved in the large hockey community. Alongside White, joining the Dinos for 2020-21 will be former Brandon Wheat Kings and Manitobans Connor Gutenberg (Brandon) and Zach Wytinck (Glenboro), as well as Dakota Krebs – the brother Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs.
Playing out of the Canada West Conference, the Dinos went 23-7-3 in 2019-20, which was good for third place. Calgary put up a +27 goal differential, but ultimately fell short in the postseason, losing out in the conference semifinal. Canada West made the decision to cancel the first term of team sports for the 2020-21 season. There has been no announcement made on the potential resumption of sports for the winter term.