Knights’ Walters signs with BCIHL’s Lakers

North Okanagan Knights forward Kevin-Thomas Walters will play for the Okanagan Lakers in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League next season.

Walters, 21, completed his third and final season with the Knights, leading the team with 54 points in 34 games. In 128 career KIJHL regular season games, the Vernon product had 56 goals and 120 points. Walters also played at the Junior A level, getting his first exposure in 2019-20 with the Coquitlam Express playing in six games. He fully made the jump to Junior A in 2020-21 and played a total of 64 games combined between the SJHL and BCHL.

Walters is looking forward to the next chapter in his hockey journey with the Lakers, while he studies Civil Engineering at UBC-O.

“I would like to thank the entire North Okanagan Knights organization and Liam McOnie, along with his coaching and support staff, for helping me develop as a 16- and 17-year-old to make the jump to Junior A,” said Walters. “The Knights coaching staff opened the door for me to return and succeed to the fullest in my final season.”

McOnie is proud that Walters has achieved his goal of playing college hockey.

“KT was heavily recruited by many post-secondary schools and the Lakers are fortunate that they are getting another high-end forward to join their group, as well as a great person,” said McOnie. “KT was an integral part of our team as a 16- and 17-year-old, and especially this past season. He has helped turn the ship in the right direction for the Knights as we continue to pursue our goal of becoming a top-end organization in the KIJHL. Congratulations KT, and best of luck with the Lakers.”