EDMONTON, AB – The Concordia Thunder Men’s Hockey Team is pleased to announce six new recruits for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Despite the cancellation of the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the men’s hockey program has continued to build and recruit, with a goal of improving on their 2019-20 campaign that saw them make the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Thunder Head Coach Joey Bouchard spoke highly of this incoming group of student-athletes, saying “We were very selective with our recruits this season. We were looking for certain type of players that fit into the culture that we have established here at Concordia. We have generated a lot of momentum from the 2019-20 season and are extremely excited to have added this year’s recruits to our strong core of returning players. We feel that we are ready to take our game to the next level and become a contender for next season. We would like to welcome our new recruits to the Thunder Family”.
First up to join the hockey program is 6’1” forward Austin Schellenberg of the Grande Prairie Storm of the AJHL. Prior to finishing off his junior career with the Storm, the Grande Prairie native spent 3 years in the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he played in over 120 games for the Red Deer Rebels and Winnipeg Ice (formerly Kootenay Ice). In the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) last season, Schellenberg had the highest points per game with the Storm and looks to add a strong presence to the Thunder offense as a talented two-way player. Excited at the prospect of joining the Thunder, Schellenberg stated “I’m extremely excited to play for the Concordia Thunder next season and I look forward to contributing to the overall success of the team.”.
Joining Schellenberg from the Grande Prairie Storm, teammate Max Giangualano will wear the blue and gold next season, and is fired up at what the future holds saying “I am very excited and greatly appreciate the chance to be a part of Concordia and thrilled to see what the four years has to offer!”. Giangualano is a veteran of the AJHL, spending four seasons with the Canmore Eagles and Storm, and was selected to the AJHL team that took home a silver medal at the Sirius Club World Cup in Russia in 2019 where he notched four goals in five games. The 6’0 forward combined for 84 points in his AJHL career and provides the scoring and speed the Thunder have been looking for.
Adding depth at the goaltender position was important for the future with Bouchard’s vision, and was excited to get a commitment from Calgary product Griffin Bowerman. Bowerman played over 100 games for the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL, and joined Giangualano at the Sirius Club World Cup in Russia in 2019. As a proven number one goalie in the AJHL, Bowerman will provide some stability for the Thunder for the next four years. Bowerman was happy to find a home with the Thunder, saying “I am beyond excited to commit to the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder. I want to thank my family coaches and teammates for helping me get to this point in my career and I look forward to playing for the Thunder for the next 4 years of my career!”.
Shoring up a need on the defensive line, the Thunder have added local talent Alexander Marrocco to the mix for next season. Marrocco most recently dressed for the Valley Wildcats (Berwick, NS) of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL), and also had stints in the AJHL (Drayton Valley Thunder, 2017-18; Bonnyville Pontiacs, 2019-21) and the BCHL (Chilliwack Chiefs, 2018-19). Described as a smooth skating defenseman, he is ready to show off his high hockey IQ and move on to this next stage of his career, saying “I’m very excited for this opportunity to join the Thunder Family and continue my education and the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love.”.
Rounding out the new contingent of forwards, the addition of the 5’11” Zach Carlson will add some leadership to an already formidable Thunder offense. Carlson played all four years of his junior hockey career in the AJHL with the Canmore Eagles (2017-21), and had a break out season in 2019-20 with 41 points. Carlson is looking to get to work with his new squad as soon as possible, saying “I am super excited to start this next chapter at Concordia to play hockey with the thunder and further my education. Can’t wait to get things started.”. As a proven offensive talent, Carlson will be looked upon to provide character and guidance to his new team.
Capping off a successful recruitment class, saw Carson Kurylo accept the offer to join the Thunder. Kurylo was ecstatic to come on board, stating “I am thankful for the Concordia Thunder to be giving me this exciting opportunity to further my education while being part of an elite hockey program.” Kurylo most recently suited up for the Cranbrook Bucks of the BCHL, and previously spent 3 seasons in the AJHL (Drumheller Dragons, 2017-18; Camrose Kodiaks, 2018-20), where he combined for 55 points. His offensive abilities along with his solid defensive play have made him a top defenseman at the junior level.
On behalf of the entire Thunder Department of Athletics & Recreation, we would like to welcome Austin, Max, Griffin, Alexander, Zach, and Carson to the men’s hockey program.