Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey has added veteran college experience with the addition of transfer Brandon Tidy from Keyano College of the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference(ACAC). Tidy, a rugged two-way centre spent the last two seasons with Keyano, after finishing his junior career with the perennial Saskatchewan league powerhouse Humbolt Broncos.
One of the main targets for SFU Head Coach this off season was to add some size and grit to the forward group and at 6’2″ 181lbs, Tidy will fill that need. “A big body presence up front is something I knew we needed, and Brandon is exactly what we were looking for”. With 38 points (16g 22a) during his 2 years at Keyano College, Tidy has proven he can be a key contributor on offence along with being a physical force. “I would describe my playing style as gritty and hard working. I am not afraid to go to the dirty areas and I don’t shy away from physicality. I pride myself on being just as good defensively as I am offensively”.
Coming into the season with a number of veterans moving on, adding a player with Tidy’s college experience will be very important for a team that looks to claim it’s fourth BCIHL championship. That experience led coach Coletta to bring Tidy to the Clan “we look at him to bring some veteran college experience to the dressing room, and he’ll be a great addition to the team”. Tidy brings a team first attitude to SFU which will be important in the team’s success “my goal for the season is to help the team win a championship, if the team is successful, personal success will follow” added Tidy.
The reputation of Simon Fraser as a premier academic school, and the caliber of the team played important parts in Brandon making the jump to SFU and the BCIHL. “I’ve come here because SFU offers a great education, and I’ll be looking to get into the accounting program”. Tidy also was sold on SFU as a school and hockey destination by current team member Graham Smerek. “After talking with my good friend Graham Smerek, it’s obvious that the team has the potential to do something great this season, and I look forward to being a part of that.”
Tidy is the third forward to commit to SFU for the 2015/16 season, joining Stephen Ryan and Jamie Waddington as part of a group that looks to regain the Clan’s status as a top offensive team in the BCIHL.
SFU Men’s Hockey was re-established in 2004 and competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League. The program focuses on competition, academics, and community service as its core values. For more information about the SFU Hockey program, please visit www.sfuhockey.com.