The Waywayseecappo Wolverines will be without veteran defenceman Matthew Kasowski for the 2020-21 season, following the conclusion of his CJHL hockey career. In moving on from junior hockey, Kasowski has also recently announced his commitment to play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference for the Edmonton Thunder this coming season as a student-athlete with Concordia University College of Alberta.
“It felt really good,” Kasowski said in a team-issued press release. “It was a huge relief that I finally had a certainty of what I was going to do and where I was going to go for my post-secondary education. I’ll be taking a bachelor of business with a focus on marketing. I’m most looking forward to a new chapter in my life. Junior hockey was one chapter and I’m just excited and honored to be able to start my next chapter with Concordia.”
The 21-year-old blueliner spent the past year in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League after playing most of his hockey in the province of Alberta. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound St. Albert product spent two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, before moving to the Wolverines by way of trade last August for the 2019-20 season.
After suiting up for two seasons in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League with the Pursuit of Excellence, Kasowski played one season of Midget AAA with the MLAC Maple Leafs before suiting up for two seasons in the ‘A’ with both the Spruce Grove Saints and the Olds Grizzlys. In his first year with the Grizzlys, Kasowski was named team captain.
In 62 AJHL games, Kasowski had four goals, 15 points and 30 penalty minutes. This past season with Wayway, the two-way defensive pivot provided eight goals, 21 points and 26 penalty minutes in 47 games. He added four power play goals, 10 power play points and one game-winning goal on the season.