July 29,2014(ISN) – Mark Van Helvoirt, head coach of the Victoria Cougars, has announced four signing
for the upcoming season.
Inking deals were 18-year-old Jordan Martin, 17-year-old Mitch Moloney, 19-year-old
Grant Payne, and 18-year-old Ryan Vorster.
Martin, a 5’9 170-pound forward from Victoria, concluded his second campaign with
the South Island Royals of the British Columbia Major Midget League. In 32 games
last season, Martin amassed nine goals, 15 assists, and 33 penalty minutes. Martin
is a well-rounded and intelligent player who plays the game the right way.
“Jordan has excellent habits and sees the ice very well,” Van Helvoirt said. “His
personality fits our culture. He is a selfless individual who seems to always make
team first decision on the ice. Jordan was well liked by his past teammates and
coaches and we think he will be a great fit with our group.”
Martin on the Cougars – “I am very excited to join the Cougars for the 2014-15
season. I was attracted to them by their hard work and success. I am looking
forward to proving myself at this level and will work hard to make this happen.”
Moloney, a 6’3 200-pound defenseman from Kelowna, British Columbia, scored 12 goals
and added 21 assists in 30 games for the Victoria Racquet Club last season. Cougar
fans are familiar with Moloney who suited up in 15 games where he recorded a goal
and an assist for two points.
“We had a chance to witness Mitch’s skills and abilities last season as he was one
of our main affiliate players. He is a very talented young man with a large
upside,” Van Helvoirt said. “He has great size and a deep skill set. Not only is
Mitch a talented player, he is a very pleasant hard working young man and is always
keen to learn and improve.”
Moloney on the Cougars – “I am so excited about the upcoming season with the
Cougars. I got a little taste of the playoffs last season and am looking forward to
pick up where I left off. This is going to be a great opportunity for me. Looking
at what the coaching staff is assembling, this upcoming season is going to be
Payne, a 6’2 175-pound goaltender from Colorado Springs, Colorado, compiled a 5-3-2
record, a 2.76 goals against average, and a .892 save percentage for the California
Titans of the North American Prospects Hockey League last season. Athletic and
agile, Payne posted a shutout on Dec. 9, 2013 against the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks.
“Grant has great composure and does not make a lot of work for himself or for his
teammates,” Van Helvoirt said. “He has a good game sense and manages and controls
the play and tempo very well. I look forward to seeing what Grant can do in a
Payne on the Cougars – “It will be my first year playing at the junior level and I
am more than excited to play for an organization with such a history of excellence
like the Cougars. I am looking forward to the opportunity to play in such a great
league and cannot wait to get to work with the team and staff.”
Vorster, a 6’2 190-pound defenseman from Richmond, British Columbia, recorded ten
assists and 14 penalty minutes in 37 games last season for the Greater Vancouver
Canadians of the British Columbia Major Midget League. Vorster, who will be
attending the University of Victoria in September, played against the Cougars at
last year’s Cyclone Taylor Cup while playing for the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
“We played against Ryan in the Cyclone Taylor Cup this past season and were more
than impressed with his composure, decision making, and his overall skill set,” Van
Helvoirt said. “I received a call this summer from Kodiaks’ head coach Brad Rihela
who informed us that Ryan will be attending UVic this year. Brad was very helpful
in facilitating the signing of Ryan for the upcoming season. I would like to thank
Brad for his help and we are very excited to have Ryan as a member of the Cougars.”
Vorster on the Cougars – “I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for a
first-rate club like the Cougars and am looking forward to help the team achieve
another fantastic season. I am also grateful that I get to continue my studies at
the same time.”
And with training camp just around the corner, Van Helvoirt emphasizes that there
are still a lot of spots to fill at all positions.
The Cougars open the 2014-15 campaign at home against the Saanich Braves on
Thursday, September 4. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at
1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.