The Victoria Royals added Jacob Heruaf on Wednesday in a trade with the Red Deer Rebels. The acquisition of Herauf continues the blueline makeover for Victoria. The Royals packaged a a second round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, a sixth round pick in 2021 and a conditional pick in 2022 for the defenceman.
The native of Sherwood Park, AB was surprised by the trade. “Was pretty shocked, didn’t see it coming for sure,” said the 6-0, 194 lb blueliner. “I had been with Red Deer for four years, so saying goodbye to teammates, brothers really, was emotional. But it’s the business side of things. It’s been a long two days, but I’m just happy to be here.”
The move was likely made easier as Herauf has some connections with the team. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys that have played here, from [former Royal] Jeff de Wit to [Brandon] Culter currently on the team. Ty Yoder and Noah Lamb too, I skated with them in the summertime. I was in contact with them right away when I got traded. And they were just talking about how beautiful and how great it is to play here. So it helps out knowing some guys and with meeting the new guys, I feel comfortable.”
That comfort was cemented after completing his first on-ice session with the team. “I loved it. Seeing the system, the way we practice, it feels like this is the right place for me. The guys are great hockey players, the coaches give great feedback. I’m just so happy to be here.”
Herauf will wear jersey #2 for the Royals and looks bring his attributes to the defensive corps. “I am a two-way defenceman. I like to play offense but also be solid defensively in our own zone. But I’m a physical guy too. Not necessarily call myself a “fighter”, don’t expect that too much, but I’ll stand up for my teammates. I’m a team guy.”
In 66 games with the Rebels last season, Herauf recorded 16 points (1g,15a) and 45 penalty minutes.
Herauf will suit up for the Royals for the first time when the face the Everett Silvertips at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, September 21st.