Aug 30,2014(ISN) – Forwards Justin Georgeson, David Robinson and Adam Rossignol will bring a wide range
of experience to the Thunderbirds lineup as the team gets ready for the 2014-15
Canada West season.
JUSTIN GEORGESON (5’9 centre/right winger | Maple Ridge, BC)
Georgeson, a native of Maple Ridge, is a 5-foot-9 forward who played three years
with the Coquitlam Express and one with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, both BC Hockey
“I am extremely excited to be a part of such a prestigious institution,” said
Georgeson. “I feel very fortunate to be granted the opportunity to play so close to
my hometown and to be part of a great team with high-level players.
“It’s always been my goal to receive a first-class education while prolonging my
hockey career, and I can’t think of a more suitable environment for that. I have to
thank my family for affording me every opportunity to reach my ultimate goal of
playing university hockey.”
Georgeson improved his offensive numbers in each BCHL season, culminating in a
53-point (19 goals and 34 assists) campaign in his only year with Alberni Valley in
2013-14. In 164 regular season games with Coquitlam, he scored 37 goals and 50
assists for 87 points. He added two goals and four assists in 17 postseason career
appearances in the BCHL.
“We are extremely thrilled to add another local player from the BCHL to our
program,” said Kuntz. “Justin is a player that I am very familiar with from his days
in the BCHL with the Coquitlam Express and Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
“He is a determined, intelligent, and skilled centreman that can play up down your
line-up and in all situations. He will compete hard and develop into a very good CIS
hockey player. Justin will add value to our program both on and off the ice.”
DAVID ROBINSON (5’10 left winger/centre | Vernon, BC)
Robinson will return to ice after spending the last two seasons as an assistant
coach with his hometown Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.
“I am very excited to be joining such a great program at UBC,” said Robinson. “I
have known Tyler for a few years now and I believe the program will continue to grow
under him. Although it could take some time for me to get back to the speed of
things on the ice, I am ready to contribute in any way possible for this team to
Before becoming a coach, Robinson played for the Vipers as well as the Calgary Dinos
(CIS) and the Western Hockey League’s Chilliwack Bruins.
Between 2007 and 2010, Robinson recorded 43 points, 23 goals and 20 assists, for
Chilliwack in 169 games at the major junior level. He went scoreless in four
He played four games with Vernon during the 2006-07 season and then returned to the
Vipers during the latter half of the 2009-10 campaign, helping to team to a Royal
Bank Cup national championship victory. Robinson captained Vernon back to a
second-place finish at the Royal Bank Cup the next year.
He tallied 47 goals and 28 assists for 75 points in 80 regular season appearances
for Vernon. He added another 21 points (eight goals and 13 assists) in 35 Vipers
After junior hockey, Robinson suited up for the Calgary Dinos, recording six assists
in 28 league games. He also played in six playoff games.
Robinson now returns to the Canada West.
“When I learned of David’s decision to play hockey again, I didn’t think twice about
pursuing him,” said Kuntz. “I think very highly of David as a person and a player
and feel once he makes the transition to the level and speed of play, he will be a
solid contributor on the ice.
“David has won a national championship and that experience will be a great addition
to the group. He is a very hard-working and versatile player that can play up and
down our line-up. We are happy to add him to the Thunderbirds family.”
ADAM ROSSIGNOL (6’0 centre/left winger | Surrey, BC)
Rossignol will bring the experience of five WHL campaigns and two long playoff runs
to the UBC program. The 6-0 forward was part of Kootenay’s championship victory in
2011 and helped Portland to the 2014 final series this past spring.
“I am very excited, blessed, and humbled to have an opportunity to play at the
University of British Columbia,” said Rossignol. “It has always been a dream of mine
to attend a school with such a high regard for academics as well as athletics.
“Playing the last four seasons in the Western Hockey League has been a great
experience and prepared me well for my future going forward as a person and a
player. To be able to continue to play hockey at an elite level, and attend a
world-class school is a dream scenario and I can’t wait to get started.”
In between the WHL titles, Rossignol, a Surrey native, also played for Regina and
Swift Current as well as Coquitlam of the BCHL.
In 223 WHL games, he scored 24 goals and recorded 33 assists for 57 points. In 29
postseason games, he had a goal and an assist. In a short stint with Coquitlam,
Rossignol tallied four goals and 18 assists for 22 points in 17 games.
“Adam comes to our program with championship pedigree,” said Kuntz. “He is a WHL
champion and has been a part of some great programs with a tradition of winning.
Adam has a reputation of being a strong worker and a very good teammate. I have been
very impressed thus far in my dealings with Adam and feel he will be a very proud
and passionate Thunderbird.”
The UBC hockey season gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 9 with a non-conference game
against the Simon Fraser club team at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at
7:15 p.m. After a tournament Sept. 12-14 in Regina, the Thunderbirds will open
Canada West regular season play with a home series Sept. 26-27 against the Alberta
Golden Bears at Father David Bauer Arena.