The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers continue to serve as a supply chain of junior players who pursue post-secondary education as university-level hockey players within North America.
This fact continued to prove itself this past week, as former Terriers Reece Henry and Peyton Gorski completed their respective processes in officially committing to college programs for the coming fall season.
Interestingly, Henry and Gorski actually followed similar paths to the Terriers, to which the two both joined for the 2018-19 season and stayed through the shortened 2020-21 season before head coach and GM Blake Spiller was able to ship the two leaders west to leagues still playing hockey as Manitoba began its shutdown.
Both players grew up in Regina, SK. and suited up alongside one another on the Regina AA Silver Foxes, Monarchs, Rangers and the U-18 AAA Pat Canadiens before moving east to Manitoba and the Portage Terriers.
The move seemed to work out as the two lifelong pals joined a winning program that saw a championship in 2018-19 and then two incomplete seasons with COVID wreaking havoc on organized hockey within the province.
Henry, 21, suited up in 140 total games for Portage, scoring 36 goals, 80 points and 42 penalty minutes through his career as a winger. His best production came in 2018-19, to which the 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward put up 15 goals and 42 points in 59 games. He has since committed to the ACHA’s Minot State University Beavers for 2021-22.
“I had a couple of options and I felt they were the best fit for me” Henry said in a team-issued press release. “They were excited to have me. I don’t want to take my spot for granted. My mentality is to earn my spot on the team and go from there.”
Gorski, also 21, skated in 117 total games for the Terriers, to which he scored 11 times and added 41 assists for 52 points, as well as 125 penalty minutes. He put up back-to-back seasons of 22 points before earning six points in eight games to start the 2020-21 campaign. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner has officially signed his papers to play 2021-22 with the University of Alberta Augusta.
“There were a lot of good options but I felt this was the best place to move forward in my life,” Gorski said. “I’m taking business and economics with an undergrad in general management. My goal is to learn about finance and the business side of hockey. Hopefully this degree will help me with that.”