Merrimack recruit Mark Hillier has opted to play a season in the BCHL, committing to the Surrey Eagles for the 2020-21 season.
Hillier, who set the scoring record at St. Andrew’s in Ontario last season, was slated to be a freshman at Merrimack this upcoming season. With COVID-19 creating uncertainty in all of college sports, there have been some players across college hockey who have pushed back their arrivals. Hillier is still committed to the Warriors and will now arrive for the 2021-22 season.
“I like to see myself as a strong 200-foot player,” Hillier said. “I like to be a player who can be trusted in all areas of the game at every given moment. Offensively, I see the ice well and make smart, quick passes to my teammates. l like playing with creativity, which helps create some quality scoring chances. When I don’t have the puck, I like finding space to get the puck so I can put it into the net.”
Hillier scored 52 goals and added 60 assists in 56 games for St. Andrew’s last season, breaking the record set by Warren Foegele, who is now with the Carolina Hurricanes.
“The best way to describe Mark’s game is to envision a younger Jonathan Toews,” said Surrey head coach Cam Keith. “Mark is good friends with former linemate Cole Galata which influenced his decision to pick Surrey. The chemistry they create is nothing short of spectacular. You win championships with kids like Mark and Cole so our expectations have greatly increased.”