Sunday, 22 July 2012

Tommies add WHL goalie Jon Groenheyde

Jon Groenheyde- Courtesy WHL
The St. Thomas Tommies have filled a big hole in net with an equally big goalie.  Jon Groenheyde of White Rock, British Columbia has committed to STU for the coming season after playing the past four seasons in the WHL for Kamloops, Edmonton, and Swift Current.  The 6'3" goaltender saved his best for last in junior hockey playing sixty-three games this past season for the Broncos registering a 3.46 GAA and .900 save percentage.  He was named the Canadian Hockey League's Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 4th, 2012.

After his overage season was completed, Jon signed on with the Central Hockey League's Allen Americans.  He went 1-1 with a 1.52 GAA and .941 save percentage in his pro debut.

Coach Troy Ryan had some big skates to fill with the graduation of starting goaltender Charles Lavigne and this is a huge commitment to secure.  Groenheyde should be able to step right in and take over as starting goalie for the Tommies.

Shawn Mullin, the play by play broadcaster for the Swift Current Broncos, wrote this about Jon in the last week of the WHL regular season.
"Groenheyde is a fierce competitor who won’t let guys take advantage of him in his “kitchen.” He battles every game and has been vital for the Broncos on and off the ice. He is also a very athletic netminder who has made some of the most spectacular saves I’ve seen all season. It’s too bad we don’t have better cameras at the Credit Union iPlex yet as otherwise he would have been all over the plays of the week lately."
Groenheyde Retrospective Interview

Radio Interview between Shawn Mullin & Jon Groenheyde

Welcome to the Tommies Jon!

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