The Winkler Flyers are proud to announce the commitment of forward and assistant captain Justin Svenson to the Ontario Tech University Ridgebacks in Oshawa, Ontario.
Justin has played for a couple junior teams in his career, including 59 WHL games for the Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos. In his three years with the Winkler Flyers, he played 72 games, scoring 37 goals with 64 assists for 101 points. That’s almost 1.5 points per game played! He was named assistant captain for the 2021-22 season and was the MJHL’s leading scorer.
“Throughout the talks we had, it seemed like the best place to go and the best place I’d have a really good opportunity to play right away.” Justin explained what lead him to Ontario Tech.
This last year of hockey was important for Justin to secure a place to play next year. “It was huge to come out like I did and obviously couldn’t have done it without all the guys, we had a really good powerplay this year. And now I have to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Justin Falk, Head Coach and GM of the Flyers spoke on the impact Justin made this year “Justin came to Training Camp this year with mixed emotions. Choosing to use this season to write a new chapter in his story and thriving in the day to day process, this is what led Justin to being one of the first guy’s to the rink every morning with a smile on his face. Looking at this season as opportunity he was ready to grow from whatever type of practice, workout, video session or community function that was being held that day. Commitment to the team and himself Justin grew into an immense leader with his professional approach to each day. But most importantly his largest growth was not leading the MJHL in scoring, but his character when facing adversity. He chose this year to rise up and meet it head on. Justin has earned this next opportunity in front of him and as an Organization we can’t wait to see him run with it. Bear, thank you for your commitment to the process and the Winkler Flyers, we’ll be following.”
“They were huge obviously, I thought they did very well behind the bench and around the rink, the day to day kind of stuff.” Justin said about his coaches Justin Falk and Ryan White. “Especially for the 20 year olds, they really advocated for us and reached out to a lot of people to get our names out there.”
“We are very proud of Justin for earning this opportunity to continue his career in hockey and more importantly pursue his education at Ontario Tech. Justin is not only a great teammate but a leader on and off the ice. His ability to embrace the grind and push to get better each day is a real example for the rest of our organization on how to achieve success.” Flyers assistant coach Ryan White added on why he is so proud of Justin’s commitment announcement.
The Flyers organization are thrilled to see a player like Justin Svenson who was the Flyers best forward this past season earn the opportunity to continue to play hockey for a high-quality program like Ontario Tech. We are excited to watch Justin moving forward and can’t wait to see what he does next.
Justin’s message to the Flyers fans, “I just want to say thanks for getting the barn rocking when we could finally get all you guys in there. Continue to support the boys in the coming years, they’re going to need you guys.”