A Look At: Falcons’ Netminder Joel Horodziejczyk – by C. Scott Holland

Being a long way from home is never easy, especially when you are a Jr. B hockey player and a “rookie” to boot. But St. Catharines Falcons’ goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk has not only made a good transition he has proven that he was a great pickup for the Golden Horseshoe club.

The 20 year-old puckstopper hails from Sudbury, Ont. and stands 5′ 10″ tall while weighing in at 180 pounds.  As the season comes quickly to a close he sits third overall in GOJHL goaltending having played in 35 games and carrying a record of 23 wins, 9 losses plus one tie; he’s posted five shutouts and has a sparkling 2.09 goals against average while halting 906 of 975 pucks that have come his way for a 92.9 save percentage.

His life revolves around his hockey career and school work and he says, “I’ve organized my school and work schedule around that of my hockey schedule.”

He cites Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby as his role model. “He’s always composed and always competes,” Joel says.

Like many other players from the GHS he loves to “play at Jack Gatecliff (St. Catharines) because of the fans” and hates “playing in Pelham – it’s too small and dark.”   

For the 20 year-old his career highlight was “playing on Team East and in the CJHL Prospects game and winning Team Canada East camp.”

What he adds to the Falcons is “leadership and composure in tight games” but he knows he has some work to do on his game. “I need to become better with my puck handling,” he states.

Currently is attending Niagara College but does not know exactly what his future career will be. However he does know that “hopefully it will be something I love to do!”

No matter how his future unfolds the St. Catharines Falcons and the other members of the GOJHL wish him well in all his future endeavors as well as best wishes for success in hockey and life.

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