Colby House displaying leadership qualities as Western struggles to keep up with the pack

Dave Kearsey
Published on December 14, 2016


Colby House cares about the success of his team and the individual performance of his teammates on the ice.

He has the courage to be prepared and worked hard to set an example for the rest of his teammates.

He is a good communicator with team members and always plays to the best of his ability at each practice and game.

Add this to his outgoing personality and it explains why Colby wears the C on his jersey as the leader of the Western Kings in the five-team provincial AAA peewee hockey league.

The Western boys sit in the cellar with a 0-16 record heading into a three-game home stand against the Central Ice Pak this weekend at the Kinsmen Arena II in Corner Brook.

Colby, a right-shooting centre, is one of two returnees on this year’s team, the other being Michael Normore-Wells, so he had a pretty good idea the team would be in tough this season, with the other teams boasting more experienced players.

“What do you expect from a young team? I mean, it’s going to get better one way or another. If we keep pushing through it we’re going to come out on top,” Colby said.

Colby, the son of Massey Drive’s Janet and Jason House, has maintained a positive attitude throughout the lopsided losses along the way. He knows the guys are working hard and they feel like they are making strides as a group, so they plan on sticking with it.

“I have seen a lot of improvement from the start of the season and we’re all going to be better hockey players at the end of the year,” he said.

It may be 16 losses, but Colby wonders if he would have improved at all if he didn’t get a chance to play some talented teams on a consistent basis.

No matter what happens, he believes it’s only a matter of time before the first win is in the books. He just knows everybody is working hard and trying to adjust as quickly as possible to the faster pace at the AAA level.

“We have a lot of players who have never played this kind of hockey, so it will take time to get used to it,” he said.

The guys are having fun, so Colby doesn’t see any reason to get bent out of shape.

He will continue to push the boys to be their best and that’s all he expects from them.

“They’re all working hard and soon enough we’re going to come out with a win,” he said.

Colby brings speed and tenacity to the table.

He also knows what it takes to be a leader at 12 years old, so there is no measure of success in that regard.