The newest SFU recruit has a last name that will be very familiar to Vancouver hockey fans, as Jaret Babych has committed to the Clan as part of the 2015/16 recruit class. He joins the team as a college transfer having spent last season in the NCAA with UMass-Dartmouth of NCAA DIII. The 5’11” forward with a reputation for having a great shot will be a valuable addition to the Clan attack.
Jaret spent his junior career in British Columbia, notably spending three seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs. He collected 52 points (30g 22a) in 150 career BCHL games, which is experience Head Coach Mark Coletta was eager to add ” He has a first class shot, and his Junior A and NCAA experience will be a benefit on the ice and in the room. Along with his shot, Babych will bring more speed and grit to the Clan forward group. Fans can also expect Babych to be responsible at both ends of the ice given how he describes his playing style ” I’m definitely a two-way player, I like to play physical and I like to score.”
Babych comes to SFU as a Sophomore after playing one season in the NCAA where he tallied 9 goals and 14 points during his freshman season, including a 2 goal performance in the Corsairs MASAC tournament quarter finals win. However a desire to return home was a major reason for the transfer. “The west coast definitely suits me best” said Babych who also added ” it’s going to be the first time in years that I’m going to be playing close to home”.
Jaret is the son of former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dave Babych, and while not as big, he certainly plays with the same physical edge. Growing up with a father who played in the NHL was a valuable asset for Jaret. “People always expected more of you, but I always had someone there to mentor me and I could pick his brain and learn.” Hockey definitely runs through the family, with older brother Ty having played for Squamish, while younger brother Cal currently plays in the WHL for
Babych is the fifth forward to commit to SFU for the 2015/16 season, joining Brendan Lamont, Brandon Tidy, 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.