The Gojsic brothers are getting their chance to hit the ice together in Kelowna.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Kelowna Rockets announced they had acquired the rights to 2006-born forward Hiroki Gojsic from the Victoria Royals, and immediately signed him to a WHL Scholarship and Development Agreement. In the deal, the Rockets traded a second-round pick in the 2025 WHL Prospects Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2027 WHL Prospects Draft.
This move comes just one day after the Rockets signed Hiroki’s younger brother, Kanjyu, to his WHL Scholarship and Development Agreement, reuniting the brothers in Kelowna.
The Rockets picked Kanjyu in the third round of the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.
The newly-acquired Hiroki, who was drafted in the second round by Victoria in 2021, played in 36 games for the BCHL champion Penticton Vees last season, posting 10 goals and 11 assists as a 16-year-old rookie.
“I’m really excited to play for the Rockets,” said Hiroki, who stands at six-foot-three, 187 pounds. “We’re going to have a good team going into the future and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Hiroki also attended Hockey Canada’s U17 Development Camp last summer with Lake Country native and current Seattle Thunderbirds forward Tij Iginla.
“We’re very excited to be able to acquire a player of Hiroki’s caliber,” said Rockets President and General Manager Bruce Hamilton. “We’ve been working on this for a little while, we think that he’s an elite player that will bring something to our team that we don’t have right now. He’s got size and skill, he’s going to play with our best players.”
When they play together for the Rockets for the first time, they will be the fifth set of brothers in team history to play together.