The Victoria Grizzlies are pleased to announce the signing of forward Darwin Lakoduk for next season. Lakoduk, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta currently plays for the Victoria Cougars of the VIJHL.
The smooth skating forward came to the VIJHL this season to help get exposure in the BCHL. It proved a good decision as he has enjoyed a great rookie season with the Cougars, he currently sits 9th in league scoring with 18 goals, 25 assists and 43 points in 41 games. With numbers like those Lakoduk should fit in with the high power offense of the Grizzlies.
“Darwin has worked hard this year and we’ve watched him grow as a player. He has represented the Cougars well and looking forward to working with him next year,” commented Grizzlies Head Coach and GM, Craig Didmon.
“I am very excited to commit to the Victoria Grizzlies for this upcoming season. The opportunity to play in a winning environment with a well respected organization like this one is something I’m truly grateful for. Having spent this past season on the island, I couldn’t be happier to continue my hockey journey here in Victoria,” added Lakoduk.
That makes three signing over the last three seasons between the Cougars and the Grizzlies. Other current players who were signed from the BC Jr. B pool are; Jordan Guiney (Westhshore Wolves, VIJHL), Nico Somerville (Victoria Cougars, VIJHL), Cam Thomson (Peninsula Panther, VIJHL) Marty Westhaver (Peninsula Panthers, VIJHL) Drayson Pears (Westshore Wolves, VIJHL), and Jarrin Sutton (Kelowna Chiefs, KIJHL). Forwards Lucas Clark and Ethan Nother came to Grizzlies via Junior B in Ontario as well.