PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club has acquired the playing rights to forward Matt Gosiewski (98) from the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for future considerations, the team announced Friday.
In a separate transaction, Gosiewksi’s playing rights were first traded to Minnesota from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the United States Hockey League (USHL).
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, says Gosiewski’s addition is key moving forward, “We are very excited to add size and experience to our line-up, which will create a deep forward group, which is always extremely important come playoff time.”
The 6’4, 215 pound centerman played parts of the last two seasons in the USHL with the RoughRidgers. In 44-games, Gosiewski collected seven goals and 13 points. Before playing in the USHL, Gosiewski played two seasons of prep hockey at Millbrook School, where he amassed 14 goals and 49 points in 66 games. Between the prep level and the USHL, the hulking centerman spent some time with the U.S. National Under-17 Team and the U.S. National Team Development Program.
The power forward is committed to Harvard University. The Crimson men’s hockey team plays in the ECAC conference and their roster includes one former Vee in Lewis Zerter-Gossage.
To make room for Gosiewski, the Vees placed defenceman Gabe Bast (96) on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The good news however, is Bast will likely be ready to return to the line-up in two weeks.
Gosiewski will wear number nine for the Vees and could make his debut this weekend.