Vancouver Spirit U18 defender Ethan Chu signs with the Panthers

The Port Moody Panthers today announced the signing of 2005-born defender Ethan Chu for the 2023-24 Pacific Junior Hockey League season.

Chu played seven games for the Panthers as an affiliate player during the 2022-23 season and scored his first career PJHL goal in the season finale against North Van on Feb. 12. He spent the majority of 2022-23 with the Vancouver Spirit U18 A1 team in the Vancouver Minor Hockey Association.

It was his third season overall with the Spirit U18 A1 squad. He also played for the Vancouver Spirit U15 A1 team from 2018-20. His brother Kyle played 20 games for the Panthers between the 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons.

“I am excited to learn from the coaching staff having worked with them as an affiliate player for a couple of years,” said Chu, who hails from Vancouver. “Plus, my brother also played here so it’s a special feeling to play for the same team.”

Chu is pretty open-minded as he prepares to make the permanent jump to junior hockey. “I wish to learn as much as I can to hopefully take the skills and aim towards the next level, as well as fit into the role the team needs me to fill,” said Chu.

He sees himself as a skilled blueliner who prides himself on making a clean exit from the defensive zone. “I would describe myself as an offensive defender who can carry the puck into the offensive zone as well as being able to move it with passes,” Chu added.

Chu joins forwards Wesley Suszezwiez, Marcus Lindholm, and Mark Wu, defender Matthew Kim, and goaltender Ty Angus as six incoming players to sign with the Panthers for the 2023-24 PJHL season.