Welyk Moves to the PJHL

Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Having the opportunity to play for the Storm has been one of the greatest and most useful experiences of my life.” – Riley Welyk

Riley Welyk has been traded to the Port Moody Panthers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

In two seasons with the Campbell River Storm, the 5’11” netminder has won a league title, two medals at the Cyclone Taylor Cup (Gold and Bronze) and a Gold at the Keystone Cup. In addition, he was selected as the Game MVP for his performance during the Gold Medal win at the Western Canadian Championship on April 17th of last year.

Storm General Manager/Head Coach Lee Stone reflected on what Welyk brought to the organization, "I cannot personally thank Brick Wallyk enough for his time here in Campbell River. Since joining our team at the deadline for our incredible 2015 Keystone Cup Championship run, Brick has provided the Storm with consistent play helping us win many hockey games.” He added, “Most impressive is Brick's incredible attitude and character even when things aren't going smoothly for him. He was always a great teammate first and foremost. Winning both Gold and Bronze at the Provincial level speaks volumes to the effort Brick consistently put in not only at the rink but away from it as well. I have little doubt that Brick will be a dominant goaltender for the Panthers as he looks to take classes while living at home next season."

The former SJHL Notre Dame player is ready to start the next chapter in his life and will always have a soft spot for the Storm, “There have been countless lifelong memories created and I couldn’t thank the organization enough for giving me the chance to experience them. From going all the way and winning the Keystone Cup and winning Bronze (CTC) this past season, I wouldn’t have wanted to have it any other way. Through all the ups, there have definitely been some downs, but it has helped shaped my character and allowed me to learn more about myself as a hockey player and as a person.

Welyk saves the last word for the fans and people behind the scenes, “All of the staff, volunteers, and the supporters in the community have shaped a most memorable experience for me, and I thank you.”