Saanich native signs with Croatian hockey club for upcoming season


A Saanich hockey player has taken his talents to Croatia for the upcoming season.

Sean Ramsay has signed with KHL Sisak of the International Hockey League, which includes teams from Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

“We expect an upward trajectory (in) the coming seasons through the ranks of the Sisak Knights,” the team said in a statement after signing Ramsay this summer.

The Saanich product was sidelined late last season after undergoing knee surgery, but had 13 goals and 24 assists in 46 games with the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League.

Ramsay said he was excited about the new challenges and experiences in Croatia. He will find his teammates Patrik Dobric and Dominic Canic in Europe. The strong friendships Ramsay made with the duo at Pacific Coast Hockey Academy in Langford helped inspire the transatlantic career change.

“I hear they have the best fans in Sisak and I’m especially looking forward to them,” Ramsay said in a statement. “Travelling to Croatia has always been a dream of mine and I can’t wait to join the team.

The 21-year-old said he wants to learn as much as possible in the next season, both on and off the ice.

“I hope that I will get the best out of myself and my teammates, and that the fans will enjoy our games.”

In the past, Ramsay has played with the BC Hockey League’s Victoria Grizzlies, Surrey Eagles and Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The rink is a popular spot for the Ramsay family, Sean’s younger brother Jordan, traveling to Edmonton Oil Kings camp to compete for a spot on the WHL team.

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