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PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitments of forward Hiroki Gojsic (’06) and defenseman Gabriel Guilbault (’06) for the 2022/23 season.
Gojsic, 15, comes to the Vees after playing at St. George’s School with the U18 Prep team, posting 29 goals and 22 assists for 51 points in 32 games played, leading his team in goals, assists and points. The 6’2”, 185-pound forward posted a goal and two assists for three points in three games during the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Playoffs, which were held in Penticton as well as playing in a game as an affiliate player with the Langley Rivermen.
Guilbault, 15, makes his way to the Peach City after playing the last three seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club and spending the 2021/22 season with the U18 Prep team. The 6’2”, 163-pound defender suited up in 30 games with BWC this year, collecting 2 goals and 18 assists for 20 points from the blue line and published two assists in five games during the playoffs.
Both players have a similar trait in making their transition to the Vees and the BC Hockey League as both Gojsic and Guilbault played with Team BC at the WHL Cup, which was held in Red Deer, Alberta and featured the top 2006-born players from each of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Gojsic, who calls Langley, BC home, scored four goals and added an assist for five points in five games played at the tournament. Guilbault, a Burnaby, BC native, compiled an assist in those five games while away with Team BC.
“We are excited to have two of the top 2006-born players from our province commit to our team,” commented President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, “They both had terrific seasons and will add to our strong group of returning players.”