Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Foreurs Defenceman Gazzola Commits

In an article highlighting Val-d'Or Foreur defenceman Randy Gazzola Neate Sager of Yahoo! Sports has noted the product of Thorold, Ontario has committed to play for the Varsity Reds this fall. Sager writes:
 "A lot of overages will be mum about playing in university hockey, hoping that a pro job materializes. It might yet for Gazzola. He didn't waste any time lining up a CIS spot, committing to UNB and coach Gardiner MacDougall, who's had a number late bloomers sign pro contracts after finishing a degree...True to form, Gazzola didn't jump for the big shiny thing when deciding which team to join down east, where the Atlantic University Sport league gets prime-time billing. The next two CIS University Cup championships will both be in his old home rink, the Halifax Metro Centre. St. Francis Xavier get the host berth for next season and Saint Mary's will for 2016. To get another chance to win a national championship in your former home arena? That would seem storybook, but Gazzola saw a bigger picture. "Saint Mary’s and St. FX, they both pushed that — 'we’re going to be hosting,' " Gazzola said. "That was a big chip. But when I was talking with Gardiner it just felt right.""
The 6'3", 201 pound defenceman had a career year this past season with 16 goals and 58 assists in 68 games as he helped lead the Foreurs to a QMJHL Championship and a trip to the Memorial Cup. His offensive prowess will provide a big boost to a Varsity Reds team that has lost Tim Priamo, Ben Shutron, and Marc-Antoine Desnoyers to graduation.