3 commits migrating to the nation’s captial, sign with uOttawa

Gee-Gees gather three commits from across Ontario.

What drives you? What makes you wake up every morning? For Tristin Park, a wide receiver from Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School, Zach Hynna, a wide receiver from Hammarskjold High School and Alex Lavric, a quarterback from the Mississauga Warriors, it’s goals that they hope to achieve with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Tristin Park

Tristin Park makes the catch. Courtesy of Tristin Park.

Tristin Park makes the catch. Courtesy of Tristin Park.

Tristin Park is going into the Gee-Gees’ locker room with one goal in mind, becoming a better person and player. “I felt that this school was the best fit for me and that if I wanted to grow more on and off the field, this place would be best place for me,” he said.

The 13-year football veteran from Oshawa, Ontario hopes the Gee-Gees can help him reach his goal. “My thoughts on the university’s coaching staff are nothing but great. They’re a main reason why I committed. I feel that with their help, I will be able to succeed on the field and improve as a player,” Park said.

Park, who is 6’1, 190lbs has also played as a slot back during his career. He spent his high school years with the Paul Dwyer Saints (Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association), having won four-straight LOSSAA championships. In 2015, his team was crowned OFSAA Eastern Bowl champs. He was also game MVP in the 2016 LOSSAA championship. The young football player has played with the Oshawa Hawkeyes (OVFL) and Team Ontario as well.

Zach Hynna

Courtesy of Zach Hynna.

Courtesy of Zach Hynna.

Zach Hynna may play the same positions as Park, but this wide receiver and slotback is from the northern city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He will be migrating a little further south to reach Ottawa. “I chose to commit to uOttawa because I felt that the university and city offered me a lot of positives that suit my goals,” he said.

While Ottawa is nine times the size of Thunder Bay, Hynna said that it has a small-town feel, but is actually a big city. He had a similar description for the uOttawa campus, adding that the campus is small but the study body is large. The French immersion student was also attracted to the school’s bilingualism.

However, Ottawa’s offerings didn’t end there. “uOttawa offers a lot of scholarships and bursaries that will help me financially. I also have close family members in Ottawa who I can look to for help at any time,” Hynna said. He added that he has applied to both biology and environmental sciences.

When he reaches the nation’s capital, Hynna will be looking forward to working with his new coaches. “I think that Ottawa’s coaching staff is fantastic. They were extremely involved in the recruiting process and proved that I was a priority recruit for their program. They seem to want to create personal connections with their players, breaking the classic disciplined player-coach relationship. They have a strong football program,” he said.

Hynna’s career has been a long time in the making. At the tender age of six, he first stepped out onto the field with the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association. He never looked back, having played seven years with the program. He also played four years with the Thunder Bay Knights summer program, which plays in a Minnesota football tournament after a four-week program.

He has participated in the Football Canada Cup. His impressive play resulted in an all-star selection to play with Team Canada. The 6’3, 200lbs football player spent four years with the Hammarskjod Vikings (Superior Secondary Schools Athletics Association). He was never able to secure a local championship during his high school years.

Hynna did, however, receiver Athlete of the Year recognition in grade nine, defensive MVP in grade ten and team MVP in grade 11 and 12. He was also game MVP against Team Quebec at the Canada Cup.

Alex Lavric

Courtesy of CFC.

Courtesy of CFC.

Alex Lavric, who has played with the Lorne Park Spartans’ (Region of Peel Secondary School Athletics Association) and Mississauga Warriors (OVFL), will be bringing his talents to Ottawa. “The atmosphere when I visited was great and I’m going into a position where I could play early on in my career,” he said.

“Coach Barresi has more experience than any coach I’ve every met since he coached at multiple teams in the NCAA. I’m excited to start learning from him,” he added.

Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Lavric has won two OFSAA rings. In 2013, he was named Rookie of the Year. He has also been recognized as the Senior Rookie of the Year. In 2014, he was game MVP in his OFSAA match. In 2015, another MVP season, he had passed for 2235 yards, had 132 completions and 23 touchdowns. Standing at 6’2, 215lbs he has also won three ROPSSAA championships.


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