Jacob Bennett embraces leadership role as Western goes for gold

Published on February 14, 2017

Jacob Bennett is shown during West Coast High School Hockey League action with the Elwood High Lakers in this Jan. 9 photo.

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Coach Jamie Brake believes Jacob Bennett has the potential to be a game-changer for Western.

That’s a billing Bennett hopes to live up to this weekend.

The Cormack native, 17-year-old son of Tara and Cliff Bennett, is expected to be one of the leaders and offensive forces for Western at the 2017 World’s Finest Minor Midget Hockey Championship this weekend at the Hodder Memorial Recreation Complex.

“He’s a solid two-way player that dazzles everyone each time he touches the puck,” Brake said of the shifty forward expected to wear the C or an A on his jersey this weekend.

Bennett, a six-foot, 160-pound forward, is a guy who possesses a great skillset, according to his coach, and he makes everyone around him that much better. Brake believes his squad has the potential to challenge for gold if veteran players like Bennett bring their A game to the rink.

Bennett knows his coaches expect him to provide leadership and he’s fine with that expectation placed on him. He said he learned a lot about the game from guys who showed him the way over the years, so he wants to lead by example this weekend.

“Play how you would want all your teammates to play,” Bennett said.

He wants to be an impact player, and he’s ready to take on the challenge, he said.

“I’ve always viewed myself as I can be one of the best on the ice, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to be the best I can be at all times on the ice,” he said.

Bennett knows there will be some tough competition this weekend, but he loves the compete level of the guys he shares the ice with, so he knows everybody is ready to challenge for top spot.

“They want to win just as bad as the next guy,” he said. “They’re going to give it their all every shift and nobody has to worry about anybody slacking off. I’ve played with these players for years and I’ve played against them, and they’re all going to show up to play.”