Bowers commits to Boston University

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center, NCAA, USHL

Waterloo Black Hawks forward Shane Bowers, 27th in Future Considerations preliminary ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft, has committed to Boston University.

Bowers reportedly toured five colleges before opting for Boston University.

“Excited to play college hockey at Boston University,” Bowers tweeted Thursday. “Looking forward to being a part of the BU tradition! Can’t wait to be a Terrier!”

Bowers, from Halifax, NS, was drafted fourth overall by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the QMJHL Entry Draft, and 38th overall by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL Futures Draft in 2015.

He opted to join the Black Hawks after getting a special release from Hockey Canada to play outside his province on a non-CHL team. Bowers scored 15 times and added 18 assists in 56 games with Waterloo, and was named to the league’s all-rookie second team last season.

Bowers was leaning towards the college route this summer.

“Right now I’m leaning more towards college,” Bowers told Future Considerations in August. “I was exposed to it all year down there. It seems like a good fit for me and my body type. I’m not a huge guy. I think it would give me some time to put on some weight. I think it’s a fast game and it’s how I want to play.”

Bowers has six goals and 12 points in 11 games this season.