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Canmore native, former Okotoks hockey player signs with Senators

Last Updated Apr 1, 2021 at 10:24 am MDT

North Dakota defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker has signed with the Ottawa Senators. (CREDIT: Russ Hons)

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators have signed top defence prospect Jacob Bernard-Docker to a three-year, entry-level contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

The 20-year-old will report to the Senators after completing a seven-day quarantine.

“Jacob represents another key component of our future,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement. “He’s very mature for his age and already possesses great gap and stick detail within his game. He’s an exemplary leader and a winner who we’re looking forward to seeing in our lineup.”

Bernard-Docker joins the Senators after completing his third season at the University of North Dakota, where he had three goals and 18 points in 27 games. He finishes school with 60 career points in 95 games.

The University of North Dakota team was eliminated from the NCAA Frozen Four tournament last weekend with a five-overtime loss, clearing the way for Bernard-Docker to continue his career with the Senators.

The native of Canmore was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s defensive defenceman of the year this season.

Bernard-Docker also helped Canada win gold at the world junior championship last year.

He played his major AAA hockey in Airdrie before joining the Okotoks Oilers of the AJHL for two seasons and eventually committing to North Dakota.