17-year-old Colby Joseph has put pen to paper on a Junior A deal with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League. The high-flying forward spent the past four seasons with the AAA Yellowhead Chiefs of Shoal Lake, Manitoba playing both bantam and midget hockey.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound product of Elkhorn made the decision to sign in Victoria as he believes the BCHL will provide the highest level of hockey while he pursues further options of college hockey in the United States.
Despite being selected 12th overall in the 2017 Manitoba Junior Hockey League draft by the Waywayseecappo Wolverines and attending Western Hockey League camps in both Brandon and Red Deer, Joseph has his sights set on a different route.
“I want to play Junior A at the highest level, so when the Grizzlies and the BCHL called I had to take it,” Joseph said in a team-issued press release. “It’s a highly-regarded league that produces a ton of stars and scholarships so I’m really excited and can’t wait to get out to Victoria.”
The centreman collected 83 goals and 156 points to go along with 156 penalty minutes in 157 total games of midget AAA over the past three years. This past season with the Chiefs, Joseph put up 36 goals, 71 points and 46 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games, the best total of his midget career.
“Colby is a pure offensive player,” said Grizzlies head coach and GM Craig Didman in the release. “Our scouts in Manitoba have him rated as the top eligible forward for his age in the province. We see him coming in as a centre and expect him to make an impact right away. But regardless of how long it takes him to be an impact offensive player, he will be a quality one in this league over the next two or three seasons.”