Harbour Grace native will suit up for first game of senior hockey in his hometown in two years
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Matthew Thomey is shown in this undated photo.
CORNER BROOK A Thomey or two will welcome home one of their own to the friendly confines of S. W. Moores Memorial Stadium this weekend.
Harbour Grace native Matthew Thomey will play his first game of senior hockey in his hometown in two years when he suits up with the Western Royals in a two-game showdown against his former team.
Thomey, who moved back to the province from Alberta before the season began, finished fifth in league scoring two years ago when he led the CeeBee Stars in scoring with 18 goals and 13 helpers in 24 games.
A teaching job in Isle au Morts lured him to the west coast, but his desire to get back into the competitive hockey scene again led to him being acquired in a trade involving a package of players.
He‚Äôs anxious to play in front of family and friends.
He‚Äôs fielded a few calls from family and friends since he confirmed he could make the road trek because he had cleared his schedule and expects an interesting weekend.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been in that place when it‚Äôs been absolutely chinched and the fans can really get into a good game,‚ÄĚ Thomey said.
He expects it to be a battle.
‚ÄúLooking at how the two teams stack up against each other, I think it‚Äôs going to be a great weekend for hockey,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs going to be some really close games and I‚Äąbelieve the fans are going to get into it.‚ÄĚ
During the week he was too busy to really think about his homecoming, but he admitted the closer the weekend comes the more he expects to get excited.
He admitted it‚Äôs probably going to be a unique experience playing against his former team in front of so many people who at one time cheered for him.
However, he was quick to point out he hasn‚Äôt lost sight of why he‚Äôs going back home in the first place.
‚ÄúSo, for me, going out for the warmup and pre-game is going to be different looking around, but once the puck drops it‚Äôs game-time then and I‚Äôm out to help the Royals win,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
Thomey has helped his team win hockey games with six goals and three assists in 14 games. Royals coach Ed Kearsey said Thomey continues to impress him as a solid two-way player who he can trust in all areas of the ice, but he expects this weekend will be a special one for his steady pivot.
‚ÄúIf he plays at home like he has played everywhere else this season the fans should be in for a real good treat because he‚Äôs a pleasure to watch and I‚Äôm sure he‚Äôs going to want to pick up his game in front of his hometown fans I would imagine,‚ÄĚ‚Äąhe said.
The Royals clash with the CeeBee Stars tonight 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. in Harbour Grace.