The Crusaders acquired Gage Joel from the Calgary Mustangs for future considerations.
Joel is a native of Devon who played his Midget AAA hockey with the Leduc Oil Kings. Joel had definitely done his fair share of traveling before joining the Crusaders back in January. The Crusaders became Joel’s seventh junior team in three years after he spent time in the SJHL with Humboldt, Kindersley and La Rouge, then back in the AJHL with the Calgary Mustangs. He also played a handful of games in Junior B with the Leduc Riggers and Stony Plain Flyers.
The newest Crusader started out his time in Sherwood Park on fire.
On January 4th, Joel made his Cru debut against a fellow North Division team, the Grande Prairie Storm. He caught the eye of Crusader fans immediately with his great speed and offensive touch. Following the final buzzer, Joel scored two points (one goal, one assist) in the 6-5 overtime victory. It was fair to say that he was hands down the best player on the ice that night.
The Devon native built off his hot start scoring six points over his next eight games.
As for the remainder of the season, Joel finished up the season with four goals and five assists for a total of nine points in his 22 skates. During the playoffs, he played in all four games against the Bonnyville Pontiacs, but unfortunately did not register a point.
The day of the Crusaders end of season awards, Gage Joel received an offer to play down south for the Central Oklahoma Bronchos of the Western Collegiate Hockey League in Division One of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. At Central Oklahoma, the former Crusader will be studying Kinesiology and one day plans to use his degree towards a career in hockey.
Despite only being with the team for a short time, Joel left a mark on this team as a hard working individual who can play in all zones on the ice.
We wish Gage Joel the best of luck in Central Oklahoma and hope to see him around the rink in the not too distant future.