Eagles’ new forward on scouts’ radar already

Sean McGovern spent last season with Taft Prep School in Connecticut

A busy week for Surrey Eagles head coach Matt Erhart continued last week, when – just days after making a pair of big trades – the team announced the signed of 17-year-old Sean McGovern.

McGovern, a Milton, Ont. native, spent last season playing at Taft Prep School in Watertown, Conn.

The six-foot, 175-pound forward – described by the Eagles as “a solid two-way forward with excellent speed” is already on the radar of National Hockey League clubs. He is currently listed as a B-level prospect on the 2012 NHL Central Scouting pre-season watch list.

McGovern is expected to be at the B.C. Hockey League’s club’s training camp when it hits the ice at South Surrey Arena Aug. 22.

The signing comes within a week of the Eagles making a pair of off-season deals.

First, they swapped first-line forward Richard Vanderhoek to the Westside Warriors in exchange for defenceman Matt Cronin, and followed that by sending blue-liner Josh Monk to the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for the rights to Ontario-born Brandon Tanev, who wanted to play in B.C. to be closer to his older brother, Chris Tanev, a 21-year-old defenceman who is expected to play this fall for the Vancouver Canucks.

Earlier this summer, the Eagles also picked up former Langley Chiefs – now called the Rivermen – tough guy Brandon Scholten in a trade, sending future considerations back to Langley.

Skills camp

Lead by Erhart, the Eagles are hosting a skills and development camp this week at South Surrey Arena, for minor hockey players of all ages.

The weeklong camp began yesterday, and runs until Aug. 19.


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