Former Surrey Eagles captain Ilan Cumberbirch was among eight recruits who last week signed to play hockey this fall with the University of B.C. Thunderbirds.
Cumberbirch, a six-foot-two defenceman, played in the BC Hockey League from 2006-09, spending time with both the Burnaby Express and the Eagles. He captained the Eagles his final season.
“It’s very exciting to be playing back in my hometown in a familiar environment, surrounded with good people,” said Cumberbirch, a Vancouver native.
“I am really looking forward to the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.”
UBC opens the 2011/12 Canada West regular season Oct. 7 and 8 with home games against the Calgary Dinos.