Merrimack received a big commitment on Monday afternoon in 2004-born center Ethan Bono, a British Columbia native who is currently a rookie in the BCHL with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
Bono, who just turned 17 years old, is already 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. He’s a prospect who is getting attention for the 2022 NHL Draft after a record-setting year with the Pacific Coast Academy U16 team last season. He broke the program’s scoring record, totaling 59 points (33 goals, 26 assists) in just 36 games.
Bono is Merrimack’s first 2004-born recruit.
Bono joined a Bulldogs roster this season that is loaded with 18 players who are 19 or 20 years old, yet he’s carved out a regular spot in the lineup during the preseason games; he has three goals and two assists in 13 appearances.
Bono is a player, per a source, that Merrimack had to “beat out several schools” to get the commitment.
Given his age, the earliest Bono could arrive is 2022, and considering his status, it’s possible he arrives then as a true freshman.
Despite being just 16 years old at this time of his commitment to Alberni Valley, Bulldogs head coach and general manager Joe Martin felt that Bono could not only step into the lineup but contribute.
“Ethan is a player we’re very excited to add to our group,” he said. “He has the size and tools to help our hockey club now and for the future as well. We’re excited that he’s chosen the Bulldogs to help continue his development.”
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