Spartans sign veteran defenceman, forward


May 15, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s hockey team added a pair of veteran players to its 2014 recruiting class, officially announcing the signing of forward PJ Buys (Newmarket, Ont.) and defenceman Cole Hergott (Bruno, Sask.) Thursday.

PJ Buys (Newmarket, Ont.)

The 6-foot-3 forward, who graduated from Huron Heights Secondary School in 2010, played his junior hockey with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.

From 2007 to 2010, Buys tallied 14 goals and 20 assists along with 38 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Hurricanes.

“We are excited to be adding a player with PJ’s pedigree,” said Spartans coach Barret Kropf. “He will be a big, strong body for our lineup and give us experienced depth. His leadership on and off the ice will help us continue to build the culture we have established with Spartans hockey moving forward.”

Most recently, Buys attended Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ont., and, while there, played extramural hockey with the Royals in the Ontario Colleges Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCR).

“I am attending TWU because it seems like a great place to flourish under God’s calling,” said Buys, who will work towards his Master’s in Philosophy at TWU. “Everything about TWU seems to feel right, including the spiritual, athletic and academic atmosphere.”

Cole Hergott (Bruno, Sask.)

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defenceman comes to the Spartans after spending his last year at the St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission.

Prior to that, Hergott, who graduated from Bruno Central School in 2012, played with the Tri Town Thunder of the Junior “B” Prairie Junior Hockey League. In his lone season with the Thunder, he collected three goals, 10 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 40 games. That year, he was also named his team’s most improved player.

Before joining the Thunder, Hergott played his midget hockey with the Watson Rockets.

“We are excited to add another big body to our defensive core,” Kropf said. “Cole brings some solid years of experience to our lineup and will be a culture carrier for us as he looks to strive towards excellence in the classroom and the arena each and every day.”

Hergott, who plans to study human kinetics, said: “I want to both further my education while growing in my faith with Jesus Christ and getting the chance to continue to play hockey at a high level. It’s all about giving glory to God in everything I do and doing His will for me.”