Les Gothiques Amiens liked what they saw from Ontario Hockey League grad Joey West in 2016-17. The team has signed West to a two year extension, through the 2018-19 Ligue Magnus season. This is rare for OHL grads in France. Typically, it’s one season and done, moving on to a different league in a different country.
Joey West played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-08 to 2011-12, all with the Peterborough Petes. The Petes selected West in the third round of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 59th overall.
Over his five seasons with Peterborough, Joey scored 44 and assisted on 98 for 142 points in 326 regular season games. Playoff time was scarce with just eleven games. In his final season with the Petes, West wore the ‘A’.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, West returned home to Ottawa to play four years with the Carleton University Ravens. In 2013-14, he was the OUA’s most sportsmanlike player. The following year, he was Carleton’s scholastic player of the year. In his final year with the Ravens, he was team captain. An ironman, West did not miss a game over his four years.
Joey turned pro at the end of the 2015-16 OUA season, joining the Brampton Beast for six games in the ECHL. He contributed a goal and two assists.
This past season, 2016-17, West played for Les Gothiques Amiens in France’s Ligue Magnus. In 44 regular season games, he scored five goals and assisted on 13 for 18 points. He added another two points in five playoff games.
Les Gothiques Amiens
The team finished the 2016-17 season in seventh spot in the 12 team Ligue Magnus, playing a 44 game schedule. Les Gothiques fell in the quarter-finals to Grenoble, four games to one. It was the third consecutive season Amiens bowed put in the quarters. They also lost in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France to Rouen. The Coupe de France is a playdown tournament that is intermingled with the regular season schedule.
Les Gothiques were founded in 1967 and were Ligue Magnus champions in 1998-99 and 2003-04. In 2005-06, they lost in the finals. Home games for the club are played at the 3,400 seat Le Coliseum in Amiens, France. The venue opened in 1996.
Amiens is a city in Northern France, 120 kilometres north of Paris. The population is around 140,000 and the city is located on the shores of the River Somme.