THE 20-YEAR-OLD FORWARD JOINS THE BRUINS’ FOR HIS FINAL JUNIOR SEASON.
The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins’ swung a trade on Monday, August 20th to bolster their offence ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The Bruins’ acquired Turner Ripplinger (’98) from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations.
The Regina-born forward is entering his final season of junior hockey with many accolades already under his belt. The most significant being part of the Penticton Vees 2016/17 BCHL championship squad. As an 18-year-old, Ripplinger chipped in 9 points and 31 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games and 3 assists in 13 postseason games. The season prior, Ripplinger starred for the Regina Pat Canadians AAA Midget team and was also the leading scorer during the prestigious Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament.
Penticton traded Ripplinger before last season to Portage where he brought skill and toughness to the Terriers squad. Ripplinger scored 17 goals and had 49 points, to go along with a team-leading 134 penalty minutes, during the regular season. Ripplinger then posted 5 points in 6 postseason games for Portage and was named their Playoff MVP. Ripplinger was also given the ‘Community Spirit’ award for his commitment off the ice to the people of Portage.
Ripplinger, who actually played in one game for the Estevan Bruins’ as a 16-year-old in 2014/15, joins a Bruins’ squad that lost five forwards to graduation from last season’s Canalta Cup Final runner-up roster (Zach Goberis, Kaelan Holt, Jake Fletcher, Hayden Guilderson, Arthur Miller).
Ripplinger is expected to join his new teammates at the Bruins’ main training camp from August 30th – September 1st at Affinity Place.