Posted on: July 17, 2014
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s hockey team will have a few new faces on the blue line when they open up their 2014-15 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League regular season in September.
The WolfPack have secured their fourth new defenseman for the coming season. Head coach Don Schulz is pleased to announce that 6’2” , 180 pound Desmond Bast of Langford, BC has committed to the team for the coming campaign.
Bast is 19 years old and spent last season with both the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (Junior “A”) and the Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (Junior “B”).
Last season, he had one assist and 26 minutes in penalty time in 15 games in the SJHL before heading home to notch two goals and six assists and 64 penalty minutes in 19 games with Peninsula. He added three assists and 73 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games.
“I am excited that Des has committed to our program and enroll at Thompson Rivers,” says Schulz. “ He is a defensive style type D, good on penalty killing with mobility and skills that will complement our defense corps. He is a most welcomed addition.”
Bast is the second member of the Panthers to decide to come to TRU this year following in the footsteps of forward Tylor Branszen the past three seasons.
“I was very excited when I found out Des will be playing for the WolfPack this year,” exclaims Branszen. “ He is not only a solid defenseman but also a great guy to be around. This should be a great season.”
Their coach and general manager with Peninsula last season was Brian Passmore. “ Des is a complete team player and is well liked and respected by teammates and coaches. He plays a physical game and has a good hockey IQ. Furthermore, some of the strengths that Des brings to the team are his ability to get the puck through and on net from the point, communication with his defensive partner and is great on the penalty kill.”
Passmore goes on to say: “ Des is such a key guy to have on a team. He sticks up for teammates and competes in every practice and game. Des loves and respects the game of hockey. He is a mature guy and earns everything he gets.”
Bast will be taking ARET at Thompson Rivers University. “TRU had the exact program I wanted to take and I have heard great things about the school,” he said about choosing Thompson Rivers over both Camosun College and the University of Victoria.
Bast believes handling the rigors of school and playing for the WolfPack will not be a problem. “ I have always been pretty dedicated to school. It will take some getting used to but I am up for the challenge.
He has seen some BCIHL games and knows it will be a step up competition wise. “Considering I am playing against men now instead of teenagers, I would say I will need to be stronger on pucks.”
Other TRU recruits for the coming season are: Ryan Hanes (5’10” forward, Kamloops,BC/Brocklehurst Secondary-Prince George Cougars, WHL), Spencer Schoech (6’0”, defence, Dublin, CA/Dublin High-Kamloops Storm KIJHL), Andrew Stack ( 5’11”, forward West Vancouver, BC /Athol Murray College of Notre Dame-Princeton Posse, KIJHL), Sam Nigg ( 5’9”, forward, Penticton, BC/Princess Margaret Secondary- Summerland Sting KIJHL), Conor McCoach ( 6’4”, defense, Pitt Meadows, BC/Pitt Meadows Secondary-Concordia University (Wisconsin) NCAA Div III), and Hunter Jenerou ( defense, Spring Lake, Michigan/Catholic Central High-Castlegar Rebels, KIJHL).
The WolfPack training camp starts the first week of September.
POWER PLAYS: Passmore on having Bast and Branszen playing together for a third season: “I think Des reuniting with Tylor will give them some familiarity and they can help each other adjust to their new surroundings including school and hockey. Both boys are out going and have a great sense of humor so I am sure they will keep things in the locker room upbeat. Both Tylor and Des are very smart and have a great work ethic. I am sure they will have a great time at TRU.”
Bast played for three teams in the VIJHL in his 88 game career (Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Kerry Park Islanders in 2012-13 and the Peninsula Panthers last season). He also played one game in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies. In 88 career VIJHL games, he notched seven goals and 27 assists and had 276 minutes in penalty time.
Bast’s cousin Jason plays CIS hockey for St. Francis Xavier.