Campbell River Storm Grills, Cyra commit to Vikes
VICTORIA – Defenceman Ryan Grills and forward Braeden Cyra from the Campbell River Storm of the VIJHL have committed to the University of Victoria Vikes men’s hockey club for the 2016-17 season.
Grills spent his childhood in Whistler, where he played his minor hockey before transitioning to play with the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the VIJHL in 2012. He played the next three seasons with the Storm, helping lead the team to the Cyclone Taylor Cup and Keystone Cup Championship in 2014-15.For his efforts, Grills was named an alternate captain for the 2015-16 season. The Storm placed third at this year’s Cyclone Taylor Cup, hosted on Vancouver Island by the Victoria Cougars.”Ryan was a heart and soul hockey player for our organization,” said Storm general manager and head coach Lee Stone. “Consistently out working his peers, Ryan was a leader from the minute he showed up in 2013-2014 as a fresh faced 17-year-old rookie.
A strong stay at homed defenseman, Ryan consistently led our PK and was a defensive mainstay with his physical play and shot blocking ability.”I couldn’t be more excited to see Ryan leave our program as a young man and enter University of Victoria’s hockey program.”Grills’ arrival at UVic couldn’t have come at a much better time, as the club has just two defencemen returning from the 2015-16 team. The business major, who picked UVic because of its strong reputation and beautiful location, is a welcome addition to a team that is always looking for strong personalities.”It’s important to find players that have experience and leadership to fill defensive roles on the team,” said Vikes GM and head coach Harry Schamhart. “Ryan had two successful seasons with the Storm and was lucky to learn from Storm GM and head coach Lee Stone.”Cyra grew up in Kelowna and played his minor hockey there, helping his Midget AAA team win the provincial championship in 2013.
He began his junior hockey career with the Kelowna Chiefs of the KIJHL, playing two seasons with the team before moving to the Storm.”I’m beyond excited to announce my commitment to UVic,” said Cyra. “Playing University hockey has always been a dream to attend such a respected school. The Engineering program is top notch, and there is a lot of potential for success with the hockey team.”With the Storm, he gained experience that contributed to his development on and off the ice.”Braeden joined the Storm and instantly impressed fans, scoring a hat trick in his first game,” said Stone. “He was voted our team’s fan favourite in large part because of his blazing speed and ability to beat a goalie from anywhere.
Braeden was important member of the Storms defensive core and demonstrated he is a team player through his strong leadership.” As for UVic, the team is excited to add another player from the Campbell River Storm.”Campbell River has been very successful in the last couple of years,” said Schamhart. “When players gain that type of experience and leadership they bring that with them. I expect Braeden to continue his development and be a very important member of our core for the next four seasons”