UND recruit named CJHL top defenseman
UND incoming freshman Jacob Bernard-Docker joined some elite company Monday afternoon.
Bernard-Docker was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's top defenseman, earning an honor that has been won by NHL first-round draft picks Cale Makar (UMass) and Dante Fabbro (Boston University) the past two years.
Bernard-Docker beat out four other finalists for the award, which is handed to the top blue liner among the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada.
Bernard-Docker had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 regular-season games for the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The 17-year-old previously won the W.G. Scott Memorial Trophy, which goes to the best all-around defenseman in the AJHL.
Bernard-Docker and fellow UND incoming freshman Jonny Tychonick of the British Columbia Hockey League's Penticton Vees are both candidates to go in the first- or second-round of next month's NHL Draft in Dallas.
Bernard-Docker, who shoots right-handed, was ranked as the No. 33 draft-eligible North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau. Tychonick, who shoots left-handed, was ranked No. 36.