Dirven off to play in USHL
Bainsville’s Sebastien Dirven is opting out of his final season with the CCHL Cornwall Colts, instead heading to Illinois to join the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League.
The 19-year-old defenceman, who already committed to attending Cornell University starting in Sept. 2018, says he’s excited about this opportunity to play in the USHL, his first time away from home for a hockey season.
“The thing that I am most looking forward to would have to be the speed of the hockey,” he explains, adding that he can’t wait to get started. Dirven has to be in Bloomington by Sept. 6 and will be, for the first time in his career, living with a billet family.
In two full seasons with the Colts, the graduate of Char-Lan DHS recorded 55 points.
He was also a member of last season’s Canada East team at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
The move to the USHL means that the blueliner won’t get to play with his 16-year-old brother, Ben, who’s aiming to crack the Cornwall Colts lineup this season.