SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State Bears have added a key piece to join them for the second semester of the 2016-2017 season. Forward, Josh Bell joins the Bears after two seasons with the Springfield Jr Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).
Bell was drafted 140th overall in the 2014 USHL entry draft by the Lincoln Stars and 28th overall in the 2015 NAHL entry draft by the Springfield Jr Blues.
Before his junior hockey career, Bell played for the St. Louis AAA Blues and for CBC High School. The Fenton, MO native scored 34 points in 34 games in last year of Midget AAA hockey.
While playing high school hockey for CBC, Bell won three Mid-States Challenge Cup State Championships and even captained the team as a senior.
“I am very excited to have Josh joining our team. He is a strong, disciplined, player with skill and will be an important factor for us now and in the future. His NAHL experience should have him ready for Division I and WCHL competition immediately,” said head coach Bob Bucher.
The 6’0, 190 pound forward from Fenton, MO models his game after Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
While attending Missouri State, Bell will be studying business.
BelI chose Missouri State because it is close to home (St. Louis) and has a great business school. His relationships with current players on the Bear’s roster also aided in his decision to commit to Missouri State. “I get to play hockey with the boys, I am really excited.”
Bell hopes to help lead the Bears to the national tournament this season in Columbus and make an immediate impact during the second half of the season.
When Josh isn’t on the ice or in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.