July 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Robert Zadra has become the fourth roster player from last year’s championship team to move up to Junior A.
The Nanaimo, B.C. native made the leap after he signed with the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Melfort, known as the “City of Northern Lights,” is located 1,933 kilometers east of Victoria.
Regarded throughout the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as rough-and-tumble defenseman, Zadra, 18, is very thankful for the help and support he received from both the coaching staff and Cougars organization.
“I would like to thank the Cougars organization, especially Mark [Van Helvoirt], Suneil [Karod], and Thomas [Kala] for helping me take that next step to junior A,” Zadra said. “The Cougars have been my home for the last two years and it has been an extremely positive experience both on and off the ice.”
Another prime example of a young man who has thrived in the Cougars program, Van Helvoirt has watched Zadra’s tireless pursuit of his goal which was to get better each and every day in order to have the chance to play at the next level.
“I could not be happier for Robert. He reached one of his goals he set for himself. It is not by coincidence. Robert has worked extremely hard and had to make many sacrifices to get to where he is,” Van Helvorit said.
Coming off back-to-back provincial title appearances, the Cougars bench boss credits his five-foot-eleven, 195-pound rearguard for playing his best in big games.
“Robert is a great player and a great young man,” Van Helvoirt said. “I know he will do well in Melfort.”
In 96 career games with the Cougars, Zadra compiled seven goals, 45 assists, and 342 penalty minutes.
Zadra joins Garrett Brandsma (Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL), Brandon Egli (Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL), and Brandon Workun (Flin Flon Bombers, SJHL) as former Cougar players who have made the jump to Jr. A.
According to Van Helvoirt, he expects to have more announcements.