June 3,2014(ISN) – Three years ago, Graham Zagrodney was a rookie in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey
Now, the 21-year-old and former Victoria Cougars defenseman is off to play hockey
for Lindenwood University in the fall after earning a scholarship.
Looking back on his three-year career, Zagrodney has nothing but praise for his old
“I want to thank the Cougars organization for everything they have done for me over
the last three years,” Zagrodney said. “Coming to the Cougars was the best decision
I have made. The Cougars program and coaches have prepared me better than I could
have hope for the next step in my hockey career.”
Cougars head coach Mark Van Helvoirt concurs.
“Graham has been a great Cougar. He completely committed himself to the
organization and our way of life. Graham became a student of the game and he took
advantage of every opportunity to improve himself and his game,” Van Helvoirt said.
The Cougars bench boss also went on to say that he could write a novel about all the
good attributes and traits Zagrodney possesses. Those traits, which include hard
work and devotion, have made what the six-foot-two, 190-pound Summerland, BC native
“The result is three years later you have an incredible defenseman, a very
intelligent and likeable young man, and to top it off he is a three-time VIJHL
Champion,” Van Helvoirt said. Graham is a good reminder that hard work and true
commitment pay off.”
In 136 career games, Zagrodney posted 27 goals and 128 assists for 155 points. He
also led all defensemen in league scoring the past two seasons and is the reigning
Jack Kingston Memorial Trophy winner.
Van Helvoirt would like to thank Zagrodney for all his contributions to the Cougars
and wishes him the best of luck at the collegiate level.
Based in Saint Charles, Missouri, LU is located 3,589 kilometres southeast of Victoria.