The University of Victoria Vikes men’s hockey club is pleased to announce six new additions to their line-up for the 2018-19 season, as the 2016-17 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League Champions look to reset after a difficult campaign last season.
In total, the Vikes added three forwards and three defencemen to the roster, signing players from junior hockey leagues in Alberta, Sasktachewan and Ontario as well as from universities in Alberta and North Dakota.
“These players are all leaders with high hockey IQ’s,” said Vikes head coach Harry Schamhart. “They will make an immediate impact on the team moving forward.”
Left-winger Hayden Guilderson joins the team from the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), where he has recorded 96 points in 116 games over the past two season.
Brody Jennings, a defenceman from Kelowna, B.C., will bring over 150 games of Junior ‘A’ experience with him to the team. Jennings was a nominee for the Superior International Junior Hockey League Best Defenceman award after scoring 28 points in 36 games throughout the 2017-18 season.
All 6’3 of right-winger Eddie May will join the Vikes program. Originally from Calgary, Alta., May scored a personal-best 23 points with the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL last season.
Joining the Vikes from the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings, Joe Olson is another player that the Vikes have brought into the team in the hopes of solidifying their blue-line. The native of Maple Ridge, B.C. brings a physical presence with a two-way game to the squad.
Branden Voss is sure to bring leadership to the Vikes, as he spent last season as the captain of the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Voss has over 110 games of experience in the highly-competitive AJHL.
Rounding out the signing class is defenceman Hayden Yaremko, who joins the team from the University of Jamestown Jimmies in North Dakota. Yaremko also brings the experience of having played over 100 games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Hometown: Chilliwack, B.C.
Previous Team: Estevan Bruins, SJHL
“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 four years of playing competitive hockey and earning a degree.”
Hometown: Kelowna, B.C.
Previous Team: English River Miners, SIJHL
“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.”
Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Previous Team: Kindersley Klippers, SJHL
“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. I am very excited about becoming a Vike next year.”
Hometown: Maple Ridge, B.C.
Previous Team: University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings, ACAC
“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. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Vikes hockey team.”
Hometown: Camrose, Alta.
Previous Team: Drumheller Dragos, AJHL
“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.”
Hometown: The Pas, Man.
Previous Team: University of Jamestown Jimmies, ACHA
“I am very excited about the chance to play hockey at the University of Victoria. 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.”