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Langdon and bantam Kings host Thunder this weekend


It only makes sense that Drew Langdon gets asked a lot of questions about his dad because of who he is, but don’t expect him to bring the same style of game to the rink.

The 14-year-old Deer Lake product, son of former National Hockey Leaguer Darren Langdon, is a five-foot-seven forward who is known for his playmaking ability with the Western Kings AAA bantam entry in the provincial AAA bantam hockey league.

Langdon is far from selfish, focusing his energy on setting up his linemates Noah Legge and Alex Griffin by digging for loose pucks in enemy territory.

He’s not a flashy player who will wow people with end-to-end rushes, but Kings assistant coach Daniel McCarthy says Langdon’s work ethic is the one thing that stands out in the few games he has seen him perform for the team.

“He works really hard. I think he leads by example like that I think,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also believes Langdon makes a valuable contribution to the team with his knowledge of the game. He sees the ice really well and plays hard in all areas of the ice.

“He knows where to be on the ice where he needs to be open to get good opportunities,” he said.

Having dad on board as an assistant coach with the Kings is something Drew welcomes but he doesn’t expect any favours because of the relationship. He said his dad is tough on him, but he has no problems with being challenged to take his game to another level.

“I like it,” he said of the coaching approach of his dad.

Drew doesn’t get upset over being challenged, choosing instead to respond by doing the things that can make him a better player. It matters little to him who is pushing him in the right direction, but he doesn’t deny it’s kind of cool to have dad on the bench.

McCarthy says Drew has been mature in the manner in which he goes about playing hockey with his father on the coaching staff.

“He’s level headed. He’s all smiles most of the time. He’s a good kid,” McCarthy said.

Hockey is certainly Drew’s favourite thing to do. He just loves shooting pucks, meeting players from other communities and staying at hotels with his buddies on road trips.

Playing in a provincial league against the best players in his age group is something he’s excited about doing this winter.

“It can make me a better player,” he said.

Langdon will be in action this weekend as the Western Kings tangle with the Tri-Com Thunder in a three-game series at the civic centre in Corner Brook. The two sides clash Saturday 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., while the third game is slated for Sunday 9:30 a.m. at the civic centre.

The 14-year-old Deer Lake product, son of former National Hockey Leaguer Darren Langdon, is a five-foot-seven forward who is known for his playmaking ability with the Western Kings AAA bantam entry in the provincial AAA bantam hockey league.

Langdon is far from selfish, focusing his energy on setting up his linemates Noah Legge and Alex Griffin by digging for loose pucks in enemy territory.

He’s not a flashy player who will wow people with end-to-end rushes, but Kings assistant coach Daniel McCarthy says Langdon’s work ethic is the one thing that stands out in the few games he has seen him perform for the team.

“He works really hard. I think he leads by example like that I think,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also believes Langdon makes a valuable contribution to the team with his knowledge of the game. He sees the ice really well and plays hard in all areas of the ice.

“He knows where to be on the ice where he needs to be open to get good opportunities,” he said.

Having dad on board as an assistant coach with the Kings is something Drew welcomes but he doesn’t expect any favours because of the relationship. He said his dad is tough on him, but he has no problems with being challenged to take his game to another level.

“I like it,” he said of the coaching approach of his dad.

Drew doesn’t get upset over being challenged, choosing instead to respond by doing the things that can make him a better player. It matters little to him who is pushing him in the right direction, but he doesn’t deny it’s kind of cool to have dad on the bench.

McCarthy says Drew has been mature in the manner in which he goes about playing hockey with his father on the coaching staff.

“He’s level headed. He’s all smiles most of the time. He’s a good kid,” McCarthy said.

Hockey is certainly Drew’s favourite thing to do. He just loves shooting pucks, meeting players from other communities and staying at hotels with his buddies on road trips.

Playing in a provincial league against the best players in his age group is something he’s excited about doing this winter.

“It can make me a better player,” he said.

Langdon will be in action this weekend as the Western Kings tangle with the Tri-Com Thunder in a three-game series at the civic centre in Corner Brook. The two sides clash Saturday 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., while the third game is slated for Sunday 9:30 a.m. at the civic centre.

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