Andrusiak driving Kamloops Storm offence

By Adam Donnelly
December 22, 2015 - 3:45pm Updated: December 22, 2015 - 5:55pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops Storm were within two victories of winning the KIJHL’s League championship last season - so, when the 2015-16 season rolled around, you’d wouldn’t blame team management if their expectations were a bit lower, especially after they turned over so many of top players.

Despite losing their top talent this year, heading into the christmas break, the Storm have the third best record in the league, thanks in no small part to the job Zack Andrusiak has done, since joining the team.

"He doesn't belong in this league, so we're fortunate to have him," said Storm Head Coach Ed Patterson

The 17 year old is prospect in the Tri City Americans organization - and while he didn’t stick with the WHL Club this year, Storm Head Coach Ed Patterson says it’s only a matter of time before Andrusiak is back in the Dub.

"He's a gifted goal scorer, who just needs to learn to play with a little more pace to his game... He'll be back in the [WHL] before before the season in over, or definitely for next year," according to Patterson.

With 31 points in just 16 games, andrusiak is a crucial cog in the storm’s offensive machine, but like most hockey players, he gives credit to his teammates for his success, and while some players with Zack’s skill set might be content racking up points in the KIJHL, he’s focused on the success of the team.

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