After two years with the Dieppe Commandos and a short stint with the Quebec Remparts, Alex Snow is coming home.
The 19-year-old forward from Baie Verte will suit up with the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts in the new Central-West Senior Hockey League this season while attending school at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s.
He made the decision after being clamed in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) expansion draft by the St. Stephen’s Aces.
As a physical centre, Snow helped the Commandos to the MHL final last season but financial trouble forced team brass to push aside players like Snow in favour of local players.
While he was offered the chance to be traded to two other teams in the league, Snow said the time was right to come home and start his kinesiology degree while still playing high-level hockey on the weekends.
The lighter schedule, combined with financial assistance from the Cataracts for his schooling, made the decision easier, he said.
“It was a big part of my life for two years but you don’t get much school work done,” Snow told The Western Star from Baie Verte.
“I’d rather not be four years behind in school by the time I finish it.”
Snow has spoken briefly to members of the Cataracts staff and figures he’ll be expected to provide energy and physical play to a club that should challenge for the league title this season.
A rare right-handed shooting centre who loves to throw the body, Snow said he is eager to strut his stuff closer to home this season.
“I’ve always had to go away to play because there was no good hockey around Baie Verte,” he said.
“Getting the chance to play in front of a few of my friends ... in Grand Falls and Corner Brook is going to be exciting.”
Now home, he’s working at a youth centre and helping unload fishing boats for the summer.
He said he looks back with pride at his junior career — one which included six games in the Quebec Major Junior League with the Remparts and last year’s long playoff run.
“A lot of people from my hometown respect the fact that I got to go that far,” he said.