The 20-year-old blueliner will play next season in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League after agreeing to the terms of a standard student athlete playing agreement this past week. Shwaluk spent the past four years between the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues and the Virden Oil Capitals, as well as a one-year stay in Kindersley with the Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
“University of Victoria was an easy decision to make after learning how professional the hockey staff is, and how U of Vic is one of the best schools in the country,” Shwaluk said in a press release. “I will be going to U of Vic for business, however I am still undecided in what I will be majoring in yet. I am beyond excited to call U of Vic my home for the next four years.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound rearguard joined the Blues for two games following the conclusion of his Midget AAA career with the Pembina Valley Hawks. He then suited up for two more seasons in Winnipeg before heading off to the SJHL. Following the 2017-18 season, Shwaluk returned to Manitoba, where he dressed in another 52 games for the Oil Caps. In 187 Junior A hockey games, the rock solid blueliner has four goals, 25 points and 519 penalty minutes.
The University of Victoria had a rough go of things in 2018-19, finishing the year fifth place with a 6-17-2 record. Goals against was a big issue for the Vikes – something that Shwaluk will look to help improve for the coming year. No on on the team had more than 76 penalty minutes, while the highest penalty minute total by a defenceman belonged to Kyle Bird, who had just 58 minutes. That should change with Shwaluk in the lineup for 2019-20.