Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Broncos’ Cooke commits to Dubuque

(Graphic courtesy Humboldt Broncos)

(Article and graphic courtesy Humboldt Broncos)

Broncos’ veteran defenseman Chase Cooke has committed to the University of Dubuque (NCAA Div III) to continue his hockey and academic career for the 2024-25 season.

Cooke has been a Bronco since being acquired from the BCHL in late 2022 and has become one of the best defensive defensemen in the SJHL over his tenure.

Consistently paired against the opposition’s top line, a major factor in penalty kills, and one of the leaders in the dressing room, Cooke has made his imprint in Humboldt Broncos’ lore, bringing 110% effort in every aspect and intangible a team could ask for.

“He’s earned everything he’s gotten through hard work and dedication. Often a player that is overlooked when talking about the stat leaders, but every coach searches for a player like Chase. From the time he stepped into Humboldt, his work ethic, his leadership and personality, his commitment to his game, it’s all at the highest level,” said Head Coach and GM, Scott Barney.

Cooke has been a mainstay since he stepped foot on a Junior-A ice surface in 2019/20 as a 16-year-old.  Game 2 of the 2024 SJHL Semi Finals was his 200th Junior hockey game.

He played 112 games with the Merrit Centennials of the BCHL, before suiting up for 71 regular season games and 17 playoff games with the Broncos.

With 45 points in 200 games, it’s the 5’8, 185lbs BC native’s defensive work and leadership qualities that has warranted him his success and commitment.

“He’s been so valuable to our roster. If you need to prevent a goal, save a lead, kill a penalty, help support a struggling teammate on or off the ice, ‘Cookie’ is the guy,” added Barney.

The Humboldt Broncos and the City of Humboldt would like to congratulate Chase on his incredible Bronco career, as well as his commitment to the University of Dubuque.