Chris Van Os-Shaw is a 20-year-old hockey player currently playing for the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. On Friday night in Game 1 of the championship series versus the Okotoks Oilers, Van-Os Shaw scored the Saints first goal of the game by converting on a penalty shot to tie it up at 1-1.
But this wasn’t just any other goal.
Van Os-Shaw is a former member of the Humboldt Broncos, and spent two seasons playing for the team in the SJHL. During his time with the Broncos, he played on a line with captain Logan Schatz, who was one of the 16 people that tragically passed away in horrific accident on April 6th.
Just like the Broncos were, Van-Os Shaw and the Saints are trying to punch their ticket to the RBC Cup that’ll feature the best Junior A hockey teams from across the country. After Van-Os Shaw found the back of the net in Game 1, he pointed up to the sky to honour Schatz and the 15 others that perished.
What a powerful photo.
You can see the goal below.
That one was for you, Logan.
Van Os-Shaw lead the league regular season in scoring with 51 goals and 97 points, but you know that one was a little more special than the others. Spruce Grove took Game 1 4-3 in overtime.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Regina, Saskatchewan product tallied the overtime game winner on Saturday night to give the Saints a 2-0 series lead.
(h/t Spruce Grove Saints, Dave Watling)