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New West goalie to play for UBC

New Westminster native Matt Hewitt, who has played goal for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League the last three seasons, will join the UBC Thunderbirds for the 2013-14 season. - Regina Pats Hockey Club
New Westminster native Matt Hewitt, who has played goal for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League the last three seasons, will join the UBC Thunderbirds for the 2013-14 season.
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New Westminster native Matt Hewitt will be joining the UBC Thunderbirds for the upcoming Canada West men's hockey season.

The goaltender has played for the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League the last three seasons compiling a 61-60-14 record and a 3.23 goals-against average with a .901 save percentage.

"This is an awesome opportunity to attend a top notch university and play on a great team. I can't wait to get on the ice," said Hewitt in a UBC press release.

The Pats named him their rookie of the year in 2010-11 and this past season won the Rick Rypien Memorial Award as the team's unsung hero and was also named the team's most popular player. With the departure of two-time second team all-star Jordan White, the 20-year-old Hewitt will compete with Steven Stanford to be UBC's starter in net.

"We are excited to get Matt. He brings character, leadership, and an excellent work ethic to UBC," said Thunderbirds head coach Milan Dragicevic in the release. "Over the past three years he was a workhorse for the Pats, averaging 45 games per season."

The Thunderbirds open regular season play in Calgary on Oct. 11.

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