His time has come, certainly.
Weatherby, a 6-foot-four, 215-pound middle, has turned his huge begin to the British Columbia Hockey League season — 31 factors in 21 video games — into a chance to play school hockey at North Dakota.
Weatherby gave a verbal dedication to UND on Tuesday night time, selecting the Preventing Hawks over Boston College, Colorado School, Michigan Tech and Nebraska Omaha. He’s anticipated to return to campus subsequent season.
“As quickly as you get on campus and see how passionate the teaching employees is and meet with all the blokes, you understand there’s nothing prefer it,” stated Weatherby, who visited campus this week. “It was a simple choice.”
Weatherby, who grew up in southern Oregon, will probably be UND’s second participant ever from the state. The opposite was All-American defenseman Ian Kidd.
Regardless of rising up on the West Coast, Weatherby knew all about UND.
“You recognize guys like Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, and you realize their fan base,” he stated. “I keep in mind watching the regional a pair years in the past once they performed at Scheels Area and it was full of their followers. All the opposite video games weren’t like that.”
Weatherby has been one of many prime gamers within the BCHL this season. He presently ranks fifth within the league and factors and second in objectives with 19.
“He’s an enormous child,” Littler stated. “He skates actual nicely. He’s exhausting on the puck from the faceoff circle in and he’s particular under the aim line. He’s so huge, robust and lengthy. He’s nice at defending the puck and strikes the puck fairly properly as a centerman.
“On most nights, he’s been not simply the most effective gamers, however perhaps the simplest participant.”
Littler additionally stated Weatherby brings robust management qualities.
“He’s a excessive, excessive-finish character man,” Littler stated. “Extraordinarily excessive-finish character. He’s a child who’s extraordinarily humble and simply the kind of child North Dakota is understood for recruiting.”