The University of Victoria Vikes Hockey Club has been busy the last few weeks adding new recruits to it’s program .Here are some of the new UVic Vikes who have committed to Coach Harry Schamhart and head scout Luke de Leseleuc for the upcoming season
Branden Voss (left wing) has committed to the Vikes for 2018-19 season.
Voss, a native of Camrose Alberta, has played a total of 112 games in the AJHL over the past three seasons with the Drumheller Dragons, the Camrose Kodiaks and last season as the captain of the Drayton Valley Thunder.
Branden is grateful for the opportunity to pursue a career in engineering, while still playing
hockey at a high level. “I am very thankful for the opportunity at the University of Victoria and I’m excited to face the new challenges ahead of me as I begin
the next chapter of my life.”
Coach Schamhart adds, “I am very excited to add Branden to our program. Branden’s work
ethic, experience and leadership will be a big plus for us as we work towards the goal of winning another BCIHL Championship.”
Brody Jennings has committed to the Vikes
Jennings who hails from Kelowna started his Junior career in 2014/15 and comes to the
University of Victoria with 156 games of Junior A experience playing in the BCHL, OJHL and SIJHL.
The 6’1 defenceman is coming off one his best seasons as a Miner with 9 goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 36 games and was one of the nominees for the SIJHL’s CCM Hockey Best Defenceman for the 2017-18 season.
Moving forward Brody is looking forward to starting school and playing with the Vikes next
season. “I chose the University of Victoria based on the quality of education, the quality of the people and the amazing location of the city of Victoria,” said Jennings.
Vikes sign Kindersley Klippers Eddie May
The 6’ 3 190 LB hard hitting two-way player, has played 99 games of junior hockey including 2 seasons in the AJHL with the Calgary Canucks and the Camrose Koidiaks, and last season a personal best of 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points with the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL.
May, a native of Calgary Alberta, is grateful and thankful to all the people that have helped him along the way as he now focuses on the road ahead.
“First of all, I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and especially my billet
parents for facilitating an unbelievable junior experience for me. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without these people in my life.
Growing up in Calgary Alberta, I played for the Calgary Royals Hockey Athletic Association which shaped the player I am today and helped me achieve the necessary athletic development that I needed,” “Last season I played for the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL, a small town of 5000 people who love hockey I wouldn’t want to finish my junior career anywhere else.” say’s May
Asked why he chose to come to UVic to play hockey and go to school, Eddie replied. “Being
able to continue to play a game I love while in university is a dream come true. The high level of academics, and the beautiful campus are the main reasons I chose to attend the University of Victoria next year, replied May. “I am very excited about becoming a Vikes next year.”
Guilderson Joins Vikes
left winger Hayden Guilderson has committed to the Vikes for the 2018-19 season.
Guilderson who hails from Chilliwack BC where he played his minor hockey, has spent that last two seasons playing for the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL.
Asked why he chose the University of Victoria, the newest Vike replied, “I chose to become a student athlete at UVic because of the academic opportunity
and the tradition.
The campus is amazing, and the hockey team is constantly evolving. I’m excited for the next 4 years of playing competitive hockey and earning a degree.”
The fast-paced hard-working playmaker who can put the puck in the net has put up 96 points in 116 games over the past 2 seasons for the Estevan Bruins.
His hockey sense and IQ are a welcomed addition to the Vikes team.
Vikes sign D-Man Yaremko from the University of Jamestown Jimmies
Hayden Yaremko of the University of Jamestown Jimmies.
Yaremko who hails from The Pas MB, is described as a solid defensive defenseman, who plays a very defensive-game first. “Hayden keeps it simple and does all of the small things well,” said former head coach Doug Headley. “His quiet leadership and play on the ice were one of the reasons why we went on such a long playoff run a couple of years ago.”
Yaremko is looking forward to starting the 2018-19 season and continuing his education. “I am very excited about the chance to play hockey at the University of Victoria in the fall, says Yaremko. “I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to continue my hockey career, but also further my education at such a great school in a beautiful part of the country,” expresses Yaremko. “I am very excited about joining the team and looking
forward to meeting everyone and moving to Victoria.”
Olson to help solidify Vikes blue-line
Joe Olson has committed to the Vikes !!
Olson, a native of Maple Ridge BC, has spent the past 2 seasons playing for the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings of the ACAC in Camrose Alberta.
A physical presence with mobility, and a player who can play at both ends of the ice is what fans can expect when they see Joe Olson suit up for the
Vikes this fall.
For the past 4 years the 6’2 defender has been playing away from home and was asked why he chose the University of Victoria?” When the opportunity came up to complete my degree at a top-end University in Victoria and playing hockey closer to home in front of family and friends, I knew it was the right decision and I am looking forward to getting started in September,” Olson replied.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Vikes hockey team with our goal of winning a championship.” Finished Olson.