A good shot at winning a championship in his final year has Brady Griffin-Hefford in the festive mood this season.
Griffin-Hefford, a Corner Brook native who plays for the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League, is happy to be home for the holidays with family and friends around for some catching up.
The former captain of the Western Kings was traded from the St. Stephen Aces to the Ramblers at the end of last season and Griffin-Hefford said at the time that he was excited about the opportunity to play on a contending team.
He’s like the way things have unfolded since he reunited with his good friend and former Kings teammate Jordan King for a run at a title in their last year of junior eligibility.
The duo have been playing together on the same line for a number of weeks and the numbers don’t lie.
King is leading the team and third in league scoring with 41 points, while Griffin-Hefford has collected 23 points in 22 games for third spot in team scoring.
Griffin-Hefford admits he got off to a slow start with his new team, but he picked it up before the break registering eight points in his last five games.
“We got a lot of chemistry going there now,” Griffin-Hefford said Monday morning.
The Ramblers hold down third spot in the Eastlink South Division with 41 points heading into the Christmas break.
It’s a decent record, but Griffin-Hefford cautions that the team has been guilty of letting games slip away from them. Too often during the first half of the season the team had a lead going into the third period but the Ramblers ended up losing in overtime.
“We need to be better at closing out games,” he said.
He hopes he can continue being an offensive producer with the chase for a championship sure to heat up early in the New Year.
Home for the holidays now he just wants to put hockey on the backburner so he can enjoy the company of family and friends he doesn’t see during the hockey season.