Video Spotlight - Brenden Stephen

LANGLEY, British Columbia - Brenden Stephen and Roy Halladay could well have one thing in common.

No, it’s unlikely Stephen – a 6-foot-7 blueliner form Vanderhoof, B.C. – will be throwing a no-hitter in the MLB playoffs anytime soon or buffing a Cy Young Award sitting on his mantel.

But there is a chance in the future they both could go by the same nickname.

Doc.

The towering defenceman, who sprouts plenty more inches than spouts words, is studying biology with the intention of becoming a doctor. And with a 4.0 GPA in his back pocket, he’s got the tools. It just might take some time.

Especially if a lengthy hockey career gets in the way.

Stephen most recently was a member of the Jr. B Princeton Posse of the KIJHL where he played three years and, in 2009-10, put up 31 points in 41 games and played in the mid-season all-star game.

In the fall of 2008, Stephen tried out for the Everett Silvetips of the WHL but was released after seven games and reassigned to the Quesnel Millionaires of the BCHL before deciding to return to Princeton.

His few games with the Silvertips kyboshed his NCAA eligibility, which ultimately led to him to TWU.

“We went after him because of his defence skills, his size and his shot,” said Spartans coach Dwayne Lowdermilk. “He’s a level headed kid who has good intuition and he’s one of our key guys.”

 And according to a couple of junior scouts who have conversed with Lowdermilk, after he gets his degree from TWU, a pro career at some level might not be a stretch.

Through two regular season games at Trinity Western, Stephen is second on the team with two goals is only going to get better. With a body that forces him to look down to most people, Stephen has the framework. He just needs to fill it out.

“I feel I need to get a little bit bigger and little stronger on my feet,” Stephen said but then quickly deflected the conversation away from himself. “But as a team we’re starting with the basics and making sure we have all the fundamentals and keep building on that.”

He’s one of those quiet leaders, but one who has played at a higher level than most of his teammates.

For Stephen, there’s a whole lot of upside. Both figuratively and literally. And even if a hockey career beyond TWU isn’t meant to be, maybe him and Halladay can chat about nicknames some day.

Last Updated: 2010-12-21
Author: Mark Janzen