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.
Heâs anxious to play in front of family and friends.
Heâs 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.
âIâve been in that place when itâs been absolutely chinched and the fans can really get into a good game,â Thomey said.
He expects it to be a battle.
âLooking at how the two teams stack up against each other, I think itâs going to be a great weekend for hockey,â he said. âI think itâs going to be some really close games and Iâbelieve the fans are going to get into it.â
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 itâs 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 hasnât lost sight of why heâs going back home in the first place.
âSo, for me, going out for the warmup and pre-game is going to be different looking around, but once the puck drops itâs game-time then and Iâm out to help the Royals win,ââhe 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.
âIf he plays at home like he has played everywhere else this season the fans should be in for a real good treat because heâs a pleasure to watch and Iâm sure heâs going to want to pick up his game in front of his hometown fans I would imagine,ââhe said.
The Royals clash with the CeeBee Stars tonight 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. in Harbour Grace.