2017Oct 31

Homecoming

 

Playing junior hockey is not the most normal way to grow up. I was only sixteen when I was drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs, but when Doug Gilmour (the general manager of the Frontenacs) wants to sign you, it is hard to say no. The resulting roller coaster ride was both exhilarating and crazy. It might not have been the most normal way to go through my late teens, but I would not trade those experiences for anything.

Before being drafted by the Frontenacs I played AAA hockey here in Sudbury where I grew up. I was joking around with my buddies recently, and I said I went to six different high schools and they were shocked. That is normal for a junior hockey player, all that traveling and being traded required me to change schools frequently.  I had never thought of it as a thing that I had to overcome. I always loved the traveling going around to all those different places, and it really gave me the life experience that I am lucky enough to have.

After playing for a couple of seasons in the OHL I joined the Truro Bearcats organization of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. One of the highlights of my career happened while I was with the Bearcats organization, which was winning the league championship (Kent cup) in 2014. There’s just something about it that you can’t replace, after the season’s done, after the playoffs are done, being able to turn to the guy beside you and say that you’re the champions.

After my last year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL, I gave Darryl Moxam a call. I asked him, I think I’m just about done my junior career and I’m looking for a place to go, a place to continue playing hockey and getting into a place that’s fitting for my future. He said well what do you want to get into, and i said well something sport related, something business related. He said it’s funny you should say that, because we have a sports business program here at Laurentian. He was the coach of the men’s hockey team at Laurentian at the time so he enticed me to come play hockey here, as well as to join the sports administration program.

That’s the story of my junior career, and my homecoming to Sudbury as a member of the Laurentian Voyageurs men’s hockey team. Being back has been really great, I get to reconnect with friends and family. When playing junior during the summer I would be home in Kingston with my parents, and in the winter I’d be off playing hockey. It has been really nice to reconnect with all those I haven’t seen in a number of years. Whatever lies in my future I will always be grateful of this period that I got to spend in Sudbury with friends and family.

 

 

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