Kevin Higo continues to recruit for the 2015-2016 Grande Prairie Storm.
The first was 17-year-old forward Jack Lofroth on April 20. Lofroth, a Terrace, B.C. native, captained the midget prep team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) in Penticton and had 10 goals and 37 assists in 59 games during the 2014-2015 season.
“…I was able to watch (Jack) play in the (Canadian Sport School Hockey League) playoffs and got a chance to see what an all-round player he is,” said Higo, the head coach and general manager of the Storm.
“He can play all three forward positions and from talking to the people at the OHA his leadership skills are outstanding. We look for Jack to come in and contribute right away and be a key part of the Storm future.”
Then, on April 27, the team announced goaltender Arik Weersink as their latest commitment. Weersink suited up for the Lethbridge Midget AAA Hurricanes of the Alberta Major Midget Hockey League during the past season and led the league with a 1.90 Goals Against Average and tied for the league lead with three shutouts.
He posted a 9-4-6 record with the Hurricanes and was the recipient of the league’s Bill Ranford Award as the league’s top goaltender. He was also selected as an AMHL first team all-star.
“Our scouts identified Arik early in the year as a top goalie prospect and he showed his talents throughout the year,” said Higo, adding Weersink also attended the team’s recent spring camp.
“I was able to see Arik play numerous times this past year and every game he gave his team a chance to win. He is a big body (6’3″, 200lbs) that communicates well with his teammates and he has strong puck skills.”
The Storm have had a total of three commitments thus far in the off-season.
Swan City defenceman Carter Wolski committed to the team in early March.
Earlier in April, the team also announced that the team has sent forward Dustin Gorgi to Salmon Arm Silverbacks as part of the future considerations deal for forward Karl El-Mir earlier this year. Gorgi had four goals and five assists in 30 games with the Storm.