Vancouver Giants General Manager Barclay Parneta announced today that the Giants have signed 2003-born forward Zack Ostapchuk (St. Albert, AB) to a Standard WHL Player Agreement.
The 6’2”, 176 pound Ostapchuk was selected 12th overall by the Giants earlier this month at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. In 30 games with the Northern Alberta Xxtreme (CSSBHL) he posted 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points along with 12 penalty minutes. He added two goals and an assist in four playoff games. Recently he registered a goal and an assist through eight games for the Western Canadian Selects U15 team in Philadelphia, PA. Earlier in the season he notched four assists in five games for Team Northwest at the 2018 Alberta Cup and scored once and added four assists in six games at the John Reid Memorial Bantam Tournament.
“We are very happy to have Zack signed and committed to the Vancouver Giants,” said GM Barclay Parneta. “He is a talented, driven player and an explosive skater who can help you win in a variety of different ways. Fans are going to love the way he competes and uses his size and he has a strong offensive upside. He’s going to fit in very well with our young core of players moving forward.”
“It’s an honor to sign with the Vancouver Giants,” adds Ostapchuk who today is celebrating his 15th birthday. “I was so excited to be drafted by the Giants and I am looking forward to getting my WHL career started. It’ll be great to start familiarizing myself with the city, my future teammates and the great fans of the Vancouver Giants.”
Next season he can play a minimum of five regulation season games with the Giants as an under-ager until his Midget season comes to an end.
The Vancouver Giants are thrilled to welcome Zack and his mom Charlene to the Vancouver Giants family.