The Vees announced Wednesday they’ve acquire defenseman Paul Stoykewych from the Winnipeg Blues for forward Jordan McCallum and future considerations. Stoykewych has two seasons of junior hockey under his belt and is committed to Western Michigan University for the fall of 2014. McCallum spent parts of two seasons with the Vees, first as an AP in 2011-2012 and appeared in 46 games last season where he collected six goals and ten points in a depth role.
Stoykewych is described as an all-around defenseman, with some hockey pundits describing him as a “complete player,” with no real glaring holes in his game (his resume backs that up). He will likely eat up top minutes on the Vees blue-line this fall and presumably in every situation (PP-PK-Shutdown). He’s only a ’95 and has two more years of eligibility left after this upcoming season but is on his way to Western Michigan University in 2014. He comes from a hockey playing family, as his two older brothers both played for the Blues and went on to play college hockey. His oldest brother Adam is a forward and is currently playing CIS hockey at Western Ontario. His other brother, Peter, a defenseman is heading into his junior year at Colorado College; WInnipeg Jets draft pick. All three Stoykewych boys played for their hometown Blues, and between the three they have nine years of junior hockey experience.
Stoykewych is another piece to add to the rebuild of the Vees blue-line which is only returning one player from last season. Brayden Park is the only returnee, as the Vees graduated Troy Stecher, Sean Flanagan, Rob Mann, James de Haas, Bryan Sinz and Thomas Nitsche.