Victor Oreskovich
Victor Oreskovich canucks
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian[
Born August 15 1986 (1986-08-15) (age 33),
Whitby, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 55th overall, 2004
Colorado Avalanche
Pro Career 2009 – present

Victor J. Oreskovich (born August 15, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing with the the Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Oreskovich played minor hockey with the Oakville Rangers of the OMHA SCTA League, winning two provincial rep championships with the club.[1] Following minor, Oreskovich was drafted in the 6th round by the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL),[1] but he joined the Junior A ranks to maintain his eligibility for college hockey in the United States. He played the 2002–03 season with the Milton Icehawks of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL), before joining the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) the following year. He recorded 37 points in 58 games and was named to the 2004 USHL All-Star Game. Following his season with the Gamblers, Oreskovich was selected in the second round, 55th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Recruited to play college hockey with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Oreskovich joined the club following his draft on a $42,000 annual scholarship.[1] He struggled in his freshman year, recording three points in 37 games. With aspirations to turn professional sooner, he left Notre Dame nine games into his sophomore year to join the OHL, where his major junior rights had been traded on November 24, 2005, from Windsor to the Kitchener Rangers.[1][2] Kitchener was Oreskovich's desired destination to play major junior, as his best friend and former minor hockey teammate Evan McGrath starred with the Rangers.[1] In December 2005, he debuted with the Rangers, scoring goals in his first three games.[1] He went on to record 16 points over 19 games for the remainder of the 2005–06 season.

Oreskovich attended the Avalanche's training camp for the 2006–07, where he was among the first cuts re-assigned back to junior.[3] Returning to the Rangers for a second season, he finished second in team scoring with 28 goals and 60 points in 62 games.

Professional careerEdit

Avalanche Weiman bw game

Oreskovich (right) during an intra-squad scrimmage with the Avalanche.

The following off-season, on July 7, 2007, Oreskovich was signed to a two-year, entry level contract by the Colorado Avalanche.[4] He returned for his second Avalanche training camp for the 2007–08 season and was assigned to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Oreskovich, however, did not report to the Monsters; he was suspended by the Avalanche, before announcing his retirement from the game, citing burnout and a lost drive.[5]

After a two-year hiatus, Oreskovich regained ambitions to play professionally and reached out to former Kitchener Rangers coach Peter DeBoer, now head coach of the NHL's Florida Panthers. He earned a try-out with the Panthers at their training camp for the 2009–10 season.[6] He was assigned to Florida's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans and was signed a two-year contract with the Panthers on October 7, 2009.[7] Within less than a month, Oreskovich was called up to the NHL and capped off his comeback by making his NHL debut with the Panthers in a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on October 31.[8] Providing a energetic checking presence with the Panthers, he scored his first NHL goal against Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-3 defeat on November 16.[9] He split his professional rookie season between the Panthers and Americans, scoring six points over 50 games in the NHL and 15 points over 34 games in the AHL.

During the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on June 25, 2010, Oreskovich was traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with defenceman Keith Ballard in exchange for Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier, and Vancouver's first round pick, the 25th overall selection, used to select Quinton Howden.[10] Following the pre-season the Canucks assigned Oreskovich to their AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose.[11] Shortly after returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 15 games, he was recalled by the Canucks on February 10, 2011.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Oreskovich attended high school at Notre Dame Catholic School in Welland, Ont, as well as at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario.[1] While playing college hockey with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, he studied finance before dropping out to join the major junior ranks. He later re-enrolled at University of Notre Dame during his two-year hiatus from his hockey career, to complete his finance degree.[13] He has a younger sister who is entering her first year of optometry school at the University of Waterloo.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Milton Icehawks OPJHL 49 28 46 74 51
2003–04 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 58 11 26 37 33
2004–05 Notre Dame CCHA 37 1 2 3 69
2005–06 Notre Dame CCHA 9 2 1 3 8
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 19 6 10 16 16 5 0 2 2 4
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 28 32 60 48 5 2 0 2 4
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 34 6 9 15 18 6 0 0 0 10
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 50 2 4 6 26
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 40 4 8 12 38
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 0 3 3 8 19 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 66 2 7 9 84 19 0 0 0 12


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Jon Kuiperij. "McGrath, Oreskovich reunited on the Range", Flamborough Review, 2005-12-05. Retrieved on 2010-06-27. 
  2. "Irish Forward Victor Oreskovich Leaves Notre Dame Hockey Program", University of Notre Dame, 2005-11-27. Retrieved on 2010-06-27. 
  3. "Avalanche trims roster to 35". Colorado Avalanche (2006-09-19). Retrieved on 2010-05-16.
  4. "Avalanche signs Oreskovich". Colorado Avalanche (2007-07-07). Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  5. Keith Wozniak (2009-10-02). "Victor Oreskovich Fortunate to get a Second Chance". Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  6. "Panthers Sign former Avalanche draft pick Victor Oreskovich". (2009-10-08). Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  7. "Panthers sign RW Oreskovich". Florida Panthers (2009-10-07). Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  8. "Florida Panthers' Victor Oreskovich caps comeback bid with NHL debut". Miami Herald (2009-11-01). Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  9. "Kings erase two-goal deficit, defeat Panthers in shootout". CBS Sports (2009-11-16). Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  10. (2010-06-25). Florida Deals D Ballard To Vancouver. Florida Panthers. Retrieved on 2010-06-25.
  11. Canucks reduce preseason roster by five players. Vancouver Canucks (2010-10-03). Retrieved on 2010-10-03.
  12. "Oreskovich gets call to add size", The Province, 2011-02-10. Retrieved on 2011-02-11. 
  13. Larry Wigge. "Panthers' Oreskovich authoring unlikely comback tale", National Hockey League, 2009-11-18. Retrieved on 2010-06-27. 

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