SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
announced Friday that Soo Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk has
been named the Gongshow Gear Inc. player of the month for October.
In seven starts during that month that was the 18-year-old Sudbury
native was a perfect 7-0 while registering a stingy 0.86 goals-against
average along with an equally impressive .964 save percentage.
He also posted two shutouts helping the Thunderbirds vault to the top
of the league standings and crack the top five in the Canadian Junior
Hockey League top 20 rankings where Sault Ste. Marie currently sits
fourth overall nationally.
Horodzieczyk, also just returned from representing the NOJHL at the
Canada East World Jr. A Challenge selection camp in Oakville, Ont.
The T-Birds stopper enters November topping all netminders in the
league both average and save mark at 1.75 and .932 respectively.
Horodziejczyk will be recognized at a future game for his on-ice
efforts and will be presented his monthly award courtesy of Gongshow
Honourable mention for October’s NOJHL’s Gongshow Gear player of the
month laurels went to Espanola Rivermen forward Brandon Janke and
Abitibi Eskimos forwards Erik Robichaud.
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