Gavin Klaassen went through some of the highest highs and lowest lows that can come at a hockey rink last season in Portage, but now, he will be taking his talents back to the United States for the 2023-24 season.
Klaassen was traded to the OJHL's Buffalo Junior Sabres, with the Portage Terriers receiving future considerations in exchange.
The Ypsilanti, Michigan product played 29 regular season games in a Terrier uniform last season and put up 13 points. Klaassen was carted off on a stretcher in the playoffs after suffering a gruesome head injury, but luckily, he didn't have any long-term damage.
This allowed Klaassen to return to the ice in round two of the playoffs, where he scored his only playoff goal in his first game back. The 20-year-old is joining a Sabres team that will be in its first season back since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Terriers are just 45 days away from their season opener.