photo - Keyvan Mokhtari. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist
Keyvan Mokhtari. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist 

Colorado College garnered a commit from one of the faster skaters in the British Columbia Hockey League recently with a verbal from Keyvan Mokhtari, an Iranian-Canadian forward playing for the Victoria Grizzlies.

Mokhtari, 18, hopes to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program for the start of the 2018-19 season after another year in junior hockey.

The 5-foot-8, 168-pound right-hander from Burnaby, B.C., has 36 points (19 goals) in 51 games during his second season in Victoria, improving on 30 points (11 goals) in 57 games as a rookie.

"The coaching staff and the school's academics really caught my attention during the recruiting process," said Mokhtari, who met CC assistant Gene Reilly at September's BCHL Showcase, and visited CC in mid-February. "I take a great pride in my speed as it is my strongest asset on the ice. I've improved in my overall 200-foot game."

Mokhtari's nickname was given to him by the Grizzlies radio broadcaster and that speed has him tied for the BCHL lead in short-handed goals with four. He is tied for the team lead with four power-play goals. He hopes to add more muscle without sacrificing any speed.

"Moki is one player that when he hits full stride with the puck, he is too fast for the rest of the players on the ice," Victoria coach and general manager Craig Didmon said in a press release. "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a junior player in Victoria since Russ Courtnall when he played for the Cougars back in the early '80s."

CC awards luncheon is April 2

The annual Colorado College hockey team awards luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. April 2 at the Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive. Registration begins at noon.

Fans are asked to RSVP by March 24 with Jessica Bennett at Jessica.Bennett@coloradocollege.edu. Cost is $45 per person and a reservation form is available on cctigers.com.

Ice chips

Next year's season-opening series is at Hockey East member Vermont. . CC senior Christian Heil played his 100th career game. ...  Sophomore Wes Michaud's goal Friday was the fifth of his career and first in 21 games (Dec. 3 versus DU). .,,  CC freshman goalie Alex Leclerc's 42 saves Friday was the third time he has made 40-plus stops. . Saturday's game was CC's 14th in a row against a ranked foe and 12th against a team ranked No. 1 at any point this season: Denver, six; Minnesota-Duluth, four; and North Dakota, two.

JOE PAISLEY, THE GAZETTE