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Gabriel Vijuk ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Apex Learning Virtual School
  • Oak Park, IL
  • Men's Ice Hockey
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Gabriel Vijuk's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile
Club:
Minnesota Mullets
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
180
Age:
17
Prim. Position:
RW
Sec. Position:
C
Team Level
Junior Hockey
  • 2021 Spotlight

Personal Statement

   

Hockey is one of the three major parts of my life. The other two are family and school. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love hockey. It seems like all I ever want to talk about, or watch, or do is hockey. No one would guess that it took my parents 3 years to convince me to even put on skates. But since the first time I stepped on the ice I have never wanted to get off. 


       In college I want not only to succeed on the ice but in the classroom as well. Even If I play pro hockey, it wouldn't last forever. A good education however would. It would enable me to be able to provide for myself even after my hockey career is over. My parents have always preached to me the importance of school and I understand that a good education is even more important than a good hockey career.


    I am a good candidate for any team because I never quit no matter the situation, I bring leadership to the locker room and onto the ice through my play, I am very coach-able, and I am a great teammate. I was a born goal scorer but I am just as good at setting up my line mates and defending my own net. In fact I get more excited about good defensive plays that I make than good offensive plays that I make. I get just as excited about blocking a shot or taking away a slot pass as I do for scoring a late go ahead goal. Recently I changed teams and made the switch from center to wing which helped develop a new aspect of my game, quick transitions from defense to offense. Playing wing allowed me to read the play in the defensive end from a higher position in the zone and create quick breakaways and odd man rushes using my speed and vision which turned into good scoring chances for me and my teammates. It also helped me complete my defensive game and it put me in new situations on the ice helping me develop as a better player overall. 


    Being a black hockey player is hard. Being successful is even harder. There are not many players of color in the game but as I have grown older I have seen hope for a more diverse future. I have watched players like Dustin Byfuglien and P.K. Subban become top players in the NHL. There are still disadvantages but I pride myself on the way that I have still found ways to produce on the ice even through all the racism on the ice.


The biggest difference between me and all the other players is that nothing stops me. If I'm having a bad offensive game I focus on my defensive success and turn it into offensive success. I always am able to find a way to produce on the ice.






Athletics

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2021 Minnesota Mullets (USPHL Premier, Midwest West - Captain)
  • 2020 Minnesota Mullets Jr. Hockey (USPHL Premier, Midwest West)
  • 2019 NORTHERN EXPRESS (U16 CSDHL)
  • Notes: Ranked #7 nationally. Won IL State Championship and will represent IL in national tournament.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Chicago Jets (CSDHL - U15)
  • Notes: #3 ranked U15 team nationally; won regular season with record of 16-3-5. 31 pts, 18PIM in 40 games
  • 2017 Chicago Jets (CSDHL - Bantam Major)
  • Notes: 2018 Chicago Shootout Tournament MVP, Second place in State finals; team ranked #19 nationally
  • 2016 Chicago Jets (CSDHL - Bantam Minor)
  • Notes: Second place in State Finals; team ranked #32 nationally
  • 2015 Chicago Jets (NIHL Elite - Peewee major)
  • Notes: League MVP 2015-2016, League champions - undefeated season; team ranked #34 nationally
  • 2014 Chicago Jets (NIHL - Gold - Peewee Minor)

Coach References

  • Juniors Coach
  • Chris Walby
  • Private Coach
  • Sean Berens
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Brent Dolan
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Brian Noonan

Additional Sports

  • Ice Hockey
  • F
  • 1 Year
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Assistant coach for younger brother's hockey team.
  • Rugby
  • F
  • 1 Year
  • Junior Varsity Team
  • Played both Varsity and JV as a freshman. All Varsity team for sophomore year, but season cancelled due to COVID
  • Volleyball
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Grade School volleyball, 6th-8th grade. Awarded Sportsmanship Award at graduation.
  • Basketball
  • F
  • 4 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Grade School team - 5th-8th grade. Numerous championships.
  • Baseball
  • F
  • 5 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Played Youth Baseball 5 years. Travel club for 3 years.

Academics

Grades

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High School Information

High School:
Apex Learning Virtual School
State:
WASHINGTON
Phone:
855-550-2547

Academic Accomplishments

AP Classes:
Yes. AP US History
Registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center?
No

Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • - St. Martin de Porres Scholarship (for Black students scoring in the top 10% on the Fenwick entrance exam) - Marty Costello Scholarship (for a student modeling the Ascension School motto of Love
  • Award
    • Kindness
  • Award
    • and Respect) - Ascension School Honor Roll
  • Activity
    • Played violin in orchestra for 8 years. Working as hockey referee for 3 years. Volunteer assistant coach for little brother's hockey team (1 year). Working as skills coach/mentor at hockey camp for 3+ years. Participated in after-school class in Street Law as a freshman

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Statistics

Statistic 2020 Minnesota 2019 NORTHERN E 2018 Chicago Je
Assists 9 22 18
Game Winning Goals 3 4 2
Goals 23 20 13
Points 32 44 31
Short Handed Goals 1
Games Played 42 49 40
Record 19-20-4 43-13-3 (Team record) 16-3-5
 

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