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Casey to join Brockville Braves linemate at St. Olaf – Recorder & Times

Tim Ruhnke –

They’ll be heading west to continue their education and hockey careers.

Parker Casey has committed to St. Olaf College in Minnesota and its NCAA Division III men’s team. The graduating Brockville Braves centre and assistant captain joins linemate and Braves captain Troy Bowditch, who had committed to St. Olaf in late winter.

Casey to join Brockville Braves linemate at St. Olaf

“Can’t split a good PK unit,” Bowditch commented on Twitter.

Casey, 21, played three seasons in Brockville. He scored 22 goals and added 53 assists in 110 regular season games between 2018 and 2020. Casey scored in the Braves’ CCHL playoff opener against Ottawa – the team that took out Brockville in the semi-finals the previous year – last March, but then the post-season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past season, Brockville and the other Jr. A teams were limited to developmental scrimmages in the absence of a regular season.

“We could have made a good run at it if things were different,” Casey said in an interview Sunday.

The Waterloo native appreciates the time he spent in Brockville. Casey acknowledged “great” head coaching from Jesse Winchester in season one and then Randy Jones. “I really liked him… learned a lot,” Casey commented. He also acknowledged the support from his billets, the Shepherdsons and Jaime McDougall.

As for college, Casey will be studying economics at the small school near Minneapolis. He is hoping to maybe be able to play together on the “Oles” with Bowditch; the two have been “good buddies” since coming to Brockville, according to Casey.

“It should be a good time; looking forward to it.”

The St. Olaf squad’s student manager’s name is Casey Parker. “What are the odds,” the Braves graduate wondered.

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