SUBMITTED BY: BLENHEIM BLADES
Kier Cumming, 18, who still has four years of Junior ‘C’ Provincial Junior Hockey League eligibility remaining, and Brayden Hopkins, 21, who captained the Blades last year in his final season of Junior eligibility, will be heading to Sweden in the fall to play for the Arvika Hockey Club in a men’s professional hockey league.
Cumming, the son of head coach Bill Cumming, led the Blades in scoring last year with 55 points on 24 goals and 31 assists, while Hopkins, a former Chatham Maroon before coming to the Blades two seasons ago, scored 13 goals and added 27 assists for 40 points.
According to Bill Cumming this developed out of a relationship with Carl Stapleton, an ex-Chatham Maroon and grandson of NHL great Pat “Whitey” Stapleton, about playing with Arvika.
“For Kier this is a dream come true, and while it is hard to lose him, he has our blessing,” said Bill. “Hoppy is also extremely excited about the opportunity to play in Sweden and we wish them both the best of luck.”