Vancouver Giants plan to use Liam Liston, Tyler Fuhr in net this season
Payton Lee, the 'goalie of the future,' re-assigned to Richmond Sockeyes
He’s been labelled the goalie of the future for the Vancouver Giants, but fans won’t know for at least another year.
Earlier Wednesday, 16 year-old Payton Lee was re-assigned to the PIJHL’s (Junior B) Richmond Sockeyes, where he will get another year of development with the goal of joining the Western Hockey League Giants full-time next season.
“He is our future,” head coach Don Hay said Wednesday. “But for now, we want him to go and develop and play as much as he can at the Junior B level where we can keep a close eye on him.”
What this ultimately means is that the Giants have settled on their two goaltenders who they will start the regular season with. One of them, no surprise, is 19-year-old off-season acquisition Liam Liston, while the other is a surprise training camp standout, 17-year-old Tyler Fuhr.
Don Hay said “we feel these two guys have showed us throughout training camp and pre-season that they are ready to perform at a high level right now, and we are very optimistic about our chances to win every night with Liston and Fuhr between the pipes.”
The Vancouver Giants will conclude their pre-season schedule with a home-and-home weekend series against Victoria. The Giants will play the Royals Friday in Ladner ( 5p.m.), and at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Victoria. Both Vancouver goaltenders are expected to see playing time.
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