The Port Moody Panthers today announced the signing of 2006-born defender Horen Wang for the 2023-24 Pacific Junior Hockey League season.
Wang spent the 2022-23 season with St. George’s School Prep in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League’s U17 division, finishing with five goals and five assists in 33 games. One of his five goals came on the power play. He was also an affiliate for St. George’s U18 Prep team but didn’t get into any regular season games.
He is excited about playing for the Panthers. “Moving from China to Canada at a young age to play hockey, I have always strived to play at higher levels. Compared to my previous experiences playing in the CSSHL, playing in Port Moody with the Panthers will not only provide me with a different experience with a higher and more intense level of hockey but also give me the chance to meet new teammates and opponents that would let me have more possibilities in my future career,” said Wang, who hails from Beijing, China.
Wang also played for St. George’s U17 Prep in 2021-22 as a 16-year-old and posted a goal and six assists in 28 games. Now that he’s set to make his junior hockey debut, Wang has set some specific goals for himself.
“In my first season of junior hockey with the Panthers, I would like to adapt as quickly as possible and be a part of the team. I will ensure my intensity in both practices and games and put effort into making myself both a reliable D-man on the defensive side and also a contributor to the offensive game,” explained Wang.
He says he is the type of defender who likes to use his size to his advantage. “As a big, tall, right-handed defenseman, I would describe myself as skilled and versatile. I have a long reach that allows me to be effective in defense situations, my shooting ability makes me a threat in the O-zone, and my skating skills keep me active in the game at all times.”
Wang joins forwards Wesley Suszezwiez, Marcus Lindholm, Mark Wu, Nicolas Lee, Tristan Lindsay, Daegun Chong, and Sahib Basra, defenders Tyson Segarty, Lucas Crescenzo, Matthew Kim, and Ethan Chu, and goaltender Ty Angus as 13 incoming players to sign with the Panthers for the 2023-24 PJHL season.