Former Victoria Grizzlies goalie and Saanich resident Nic Renyard had a stellar season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Okotoks Oilers

Saanich’s Nic Renyard the top Junior-A goalie in Canada

Saanich's Nic Renyard wins Canadian Junior A Hockey League top goalie award, shortlisted for MVP

Nic Renyard’s story of redemption in junior hockey is complete.

On Friday (May 8), the Saanich-raised goalie, who was released from the Victoria Grizzlies at the outset of the 2014-15 season, was named the top junior A goalie in Canada.

Renyard not only captured the Alberta Junior Hockey League MVP and top goaltender award as a member of the Okotoks Oilers, he was one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League MVP award, winning the CJHL top goalie.

“(Okotoks is) a really awesome group of guys, the coaches had confidence in me and they gave me an opportunity to play, which is all I needed. I’m really lucky,” he told Hockey Canada.

The 20-year-old Reynolds secondary graduate is committed to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen for the 2015-16 NCAA Hockey East Div. 1 season.

With the Oilers, Renyard won a league-high 30 games to go along with eight losses and three ties, and shared the AJHL’s best save percentage of .924, while posting a 2.19 goals against average with the Oilers. His five shutouts set a new franchise record.

The season began with Renyard going 12-0-1 in his first 13 starts. He racked up five game first star honours and was player of the month in October. The Oilers finished third in the AJHL’s South Division in the regular season and made it to the second playoff round before getting swept 4-0 by the Brooks Bandits.

Prior to Jr. A Renyard played for the major midget South Island Royals (Thunderbirds) and was backup in Penticton to Vees’ netminder Chad Katunar, also of Victoria. That team won the 2012 RBC Championship, but the following year they traded Renyard. He ended up in Victoria, but was traded again.

“I never considered quitting, not even for a second. I was going to find a way – there’s no way I was giving up.”

Saanich Brave in the mix

Former Saanich Braves forward Cole Golka earned an honourable mention for CJHL MVP of the year. Golka led the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Saskatchewan International league with 47 goals and 42 assists in 54 games.

Golka split 44 games with the Peninsula Panthers and Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in 2012-13.


Just Posted

More than 300 teens take to the polls at Mount Douglas Secondary for mock federal election

‘This is a pretty engaged generation,’ says Mount Douglas Secondary social studies teacher

Access: A day in the life using a wheelchair in Victoria

Black Press Media teamed up with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre to learn about barriers

Popular food truck to open restaurant on Oak Bay Avenue

Dead Beetz Burgers adds brick-and-mortar restaurant

CRD aims to reduce solid waste going to Hartland Landfill by a third by 2030

District launches public engagement campaign for waste reduction strategies

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin receives first poppy in Legion-led ceremony

The ceremony is one of the first steps to kick off the 2019 poppy campaign

VIDEO: Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Heavy smoke in the area, crews on scene

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read