Former goaltender returns to Storm

The Campbell River Storm Hockey Club will see the return of goaltender Riley Welyk who will once again don the red and black.

Earlier this week, he was acquired from the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL.

General Manager and Head Coach, Lee Stone, said the team is thrilled to welcome Welyk back.

“We couldn’t be happier to see Brick in Storm colours again,” Stone said.

“He was a huge reason for our success down the stretch (last season).”

Welyk, nicknamed “Brick Wall-yk” last season, said he’s looking forward to putting the Storm jersey on again.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be coming back; Campbell River has been like family to me and it’s like I’m going back home,” Welyk said.

The 5’11” 175 pound netminder was an integral factor in the Campbell River Storm’s run to the Western Canadian Championships last season.

In the VIJHL (Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League) playoffs, he backstopped the Storm in nine of their 12 wins (1.47 GAA and .932 SV%).

This season, Welyk played in six games with the SJHL Hounds and recorded three wins and a loss.

His save percentage was .902.

Stone describes the 18 year old as, “a very calm, assertive goaltender who leads by example and is an extremely positive influence in the dressing room.”

He is the third player acquired from Junior A in Saskatchewan since the start of the season.

Michal Holub (Melville) and Carter Hikichi (Notre Dame) joined the squad in October.