The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that Joey Guerra, a product of Salmon Arm Minor Hockey will be joining the Knights for the upcoming season. The 6 foot 1 forward spent the past season playing with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, a perennial scorer, was a huge part of the Pursuit of Excellence success. Joey helped his team win the North American Prospect Hockey League Silver Division Championship last season.
The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that they have received a commitment from Joey Guerra, a 6 foot 1, 180 pound forward from Salmon Arm, BC for the upcoming season.
Guerra has a tremendous blend of skill, speed, athletic ability and intellect on the ice – enough to have found himself on the radar of Coach Perrier’s scouting list.
“Joey is a player we are thrilled to sign and have commit to our program,” said Knights coach Bryant Perrier. “You can’t teach Joey’s speed. Anyone we talk to, from the WHL to NCAA, spoke of Joey as being a legitimate prospect.”
With having being pursued by other teams in the KIJHL this past spring and summer, Perrier says that Joey’s abilities cannot be questioned.
“He is an elite talent,” Perrier said. “But, he will need to make the adjustment to being consistent against older players in our league. Obviously, we think he can.”
Recommended by many good hockey people, Perrier had the opportunity to have Guerra attend their Prospects Camp in June – and he liked what he saw.
“This is a player that can be a potential game breaker. He is an Honor Roll student for his diligence in academics and he is highly decorated as an athlete. We are glad to have him.”
The plan, according to Perrier, is about reaching for the stars developmentally.
“Joey will get our best and we want to see him reach his goal of playing at the highest level of hockey.”
When asked about how the Knights were able to land a player of Guerra’s pedigree, Perrier explained it came down to basics.
“We don’t have a blimp flying around our rink and we don’t have a five story shopping mall in Armstrong,” he said. “We serve French fries and coffee in our building, you won’t find sushi. But, we have passion for the game, we have a track record of developing players as a staff and we are fortunate to have some good people out in the hockey world who think highly enough of us to help us bring in a player like Joey.”
“This is about hockey.”
Perrier expects Guerra’s time in The KIJHL could be short.
“I think Joey could be a one (year) in and one out player. If that happens, we have done our job and we have obviously gotten a great effort from him. We could live with that.”