Grand Forks Border Bruin Ray Warrack has signed to play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Swan Valley Stampeders for the 2022-23 season.
Warrack, 19, played one season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Border Bruins to begin his junior hockey career, and had nine goals and 28 points in 42 regular season games. The Strathmore, Alberta native joined the Border Bruins from the Foothills Bisons U18AA program.
“The Border Bruins gave me every opportunity to grow not only as a player but a person, which granted me the tools to become a Junior A player,” said Warrack. “This all stems from the first-class staff and ownership led by Head Coach and GM Dave Hnatiuk. His knowledge of the game, mentorship, honesty, and his will to move his players to the next level, made Grand Forks an unbelievable spot for me to play and become the best version of myself on and off-the-ice.”
Warrack added he is extremely excited to be moving on to the Stampeders and credits his time in Grand Forks for this advancement.
Hnatiuk said they are very happy for Warrack, who is a “textbook example of what our program is looking for in character and compete in as a player and what we strive to do as a program.”
“Ray is a very dedicated, hard working, mature young man who bought in from day one and came here committed to developing on and off-the-ice,” said Hnatiuk. “Ray’s goal has been to make the step to Junior A and seeing all the work he put in over the past 12 months has paid off. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Ray as a person and seeing him grow. I wish Ray all the best in Swan Valley.”