Hornets hockey gearing up; team adds two more international players to roster

by Andrew Heliotis

As the 2019-2020 Cold Lake Hornets’ roster continues to take shape, the amount of countries set to be represented by this year’s WSHL squad has grown to four. The Jr. A team recently signed Belarusian Yauheni Zenja Lavrov and American goaltender Jackson Seltenrich.

“The WSHL brings a brand of hockey you don’t see everyday. With the addition of these world players and the possibility of teams having up to 14 international players, it allows us to have an exciting and ultra competitive line-up,” said Hornets Head Coach Steve Thomson.

Lavrov was born in Belarus but moved to Sweden where the 6-ft. 190-lb centre spent most of his junior hockey career. From 2015-2018, Lavrov gained experience in the U16, J18 Div 1-2, J20 Elit levels of Swedish Junior Hockey. In J20 Elit and J18 Div 1 (2nd tier junior hockey), while playing for GOTA/Treneberg, Lavrov scored 16 points in 34 games and 39 pts in 33 games respectively.

“Anyone who watches him play immediately is wowed by his skill and stick handling abilities. Couple that with his size and strength and he is an absolute treat to watch,” said Thomson.  “He has a real knack for finding the net in all situations and has a pro calibre release already.”

Last season, Lavrov decided to try his hand at North American hockey, where he spent a season in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL). There he had an impressive 20 goals and 34 total points in just 26 games.

Seltenrich, meanwhile, comes to the Hornets from south of the border. The US-born goaltender hails from San Jose, California and, like Lavrov, also spent last season in the USPHL premier league. Prior to the 2018-19 season, Seltenrich developed in the United States High School system with Archbishop Mitty High in urban San Jose.

“He is a technically sound goaltender who truly knows his craft and wants to develop the skills necessary to graduate to American college hockey and has the drive to obtain that goal.”

The Hornets Jr. A team will be taking to the ice this Thursday for the first team skate of 2019-2020. From Sept. 19 through to the weekend of Sept. 27, players will be arriving in anticipation of the first pre-season road game on Sept. 28. Hornets training camp will be the weekend of Oct. 1.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook as we get ready for our first home game, and for more updates on the 2019-2020 roster.

YAUHENI LAVROV

POSITION: Centre

WEIGHT: 190 lb
HEIGHT: 6-foot

D:O:B: Dec 27, 2000

JACKSON SELTENRICH

POSITION: Goalie

WEIGHT: 175 lb
HEIGHT: 5-foot-10

D:O:B: Feb 10, 2001