Jonathan Walsh spends a lot of time on the road honing his hockey skills, but that’s a commitment he made in an effort to be the best he can be.
15-year-old Norris Point native, has been a member of a provincial hockey team
for the past two years, and is immersed in his sophomore season with the
league-leading Western Kings of the Newfoundland and Labrador AAA bantam hockey
crafty defender at 5-6, will patrol the blueline for the Kings next week as
major bantam teams from Atlantic Canada converge on the BMO Centre in Halifax
for the fifth annual East Coast IceJam Tournament.
first trip to the IceJam, but he has played in the Atlantic Challenge Cup in
Moncton on two occasions, so he knows there will be some dandy players suiting
up for the opposing sides.
year, as a member of the provincial Under-14 team, he was the recipient of his
team’s Hard Hat Award, which recognizes the work ethic of a player and is chosen
knows he can only get better if he keeps competing against players at an elite
level. The Kings are the top team in this province heading into the tournament,
but he figures getting to play against teams from other provinces instead of
the same teams over and over again should prove to be beneficial.
you’re playing with somebody who is better than you it’s obviously going to
make you a lot better,” he said.
feature a roster with only a handful of rookies, so the team has some
experience at high-level events, but Walsh believes success will depend on
being aware of the intelligence level of the players at these major showcase
most of the teams on the mainland have played together for a lot longer and
they play more games, and they can use systems and plays not familiar to the
Kings, so it will be mean being on top of their game.
always a good measuring stick for a team when it competes against teams off the
island. It will be a tough test, Walsh acknowledges, but he believes his team
can hold their own if they bring a physical brand of hockey and avoid trips to
the penalty box.
what unfolds, Walsh wants the guys to make the most of the opportunity and have
fun playing the game.
hockey, so he’s just happy for a chance to show what he can do.
to keep playing it until I can’t anymore,” he said.