Nanaimo Clippers goalie Derek Dun has secured his NCAA future and accepted a scholarship to Northern Michigan University to play for the Wildcast beginning in the 2014-15 season.
The Surrey native has played three full seasons in the BCHL, most of them with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. He went to the Clippers midway through last season in exchange for future considerations.
Dun posted a 9-5 record with the Clippers after being traded to go along with a .916 save percentage and 2.92 goals-against average. In 108 career BCHL games, he has a 47-50-1 record with one shutout.
At Northern Michigan, Dun will join eight fellow BCHL grads in Cohen Adair (Powell River), Wade Epp (Victoria Grizzlies), Ryan Aynsley (Trail Smoke Eaters), Jake Baker (Trail Smoke Eaters), Mitch Jones (Surrey Eagles), Darren Nowick (Vernon Vipers), Jake Johnson (Penticton Vees) and Robert Lindores (Surrey Eagles).
The Wilcats competed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) last season, which was the conference's final year of operation. Northern Michigan joins the restructured, 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for next season playing the likes of Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Bowling Green, Bemidji State, Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)