OSHAWA, Ont. – Baxter Anderson is the most recent commitment to the Ontario Tech men’s hockey program for the 2021-22 season.
The Fort Langley, B.C. native spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Medicine Hat Tigers before playing the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).
“Baxter is another quality recruit for us, who will be a nice add to our program,” said head coach Curtis Hodgins. “He comes highly recommended from his coaches in Nanaimo this past year, along with the staff in Medicine Hat who spoke highly of Baxter from coaching him during his time in the WHL. His style of play should be a cohesive fit in our system, and we look forward to having Baxter on our campus in the very near future as we get going.”
He played 172 regular season games in the WHL, finishing with 13 goals and 27 points. In 19 games in the BCHL he had a goal with eight points.
“Baxter is the consummate team player who puts the team first,” said Nanaimo Clippers general manager/head coach Darren Naylor. “He is an elite level skater with a high-level hockey IQ and an off the charts work ethic, along with being an excellent shut down guy who makes other teams top players lives miserable.”
Academically, he is enroled in the psychology program at Ontario Tech.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Ridgebacks next season,” said Anderson. “With their great program in hockey and academics it was an easy decision for me to make to continue my hockey career and further my education at Ontario Tech.”
The Ridgebacks open their OUA season on November 5 at home against the Nipissing Lakers.