The coach gave him more ice-time than he was accustomed to playing hockey at home.
He saw improvement in his skating and shooting from beginning to end.
He got a better sense of what it takes to play the game at an elite level and what opportunities are out there for young players.
It all adds up to a pretty good gig.
Cameron Costello has no qualms about packing up his hockey equipment and moving to the mainland to find out where he stacks up in the hockey world.
The six-foot-three Pasadena native just wrapped up his rookie season with Lakefield College Prep School of the Canadian Independent School Athletics Association Division II hockey league by winning the title with a 6-4 win over St. Andrew’s College.
“Getting tons of ice-time and on the ice four times per week really helps to improve my game,” Costello said Tuesday afternoon.
Life at Lakefield has been good for him. He likes the learning environment he finds himself in and he’s adjusting nicely to the academic side of things.
He’s a happy camper knowing his time at Lakefield may also expose him to other opportunities. He’s already planning to attend spring tryouts for both the Peterborough Petes major midget hockey team and the Lakefield Chiefs Junior C hockey club.
He remembers being behind the play in the early going with the league boasting some swift-skating youngsters, but that’s no longer the case so he’s glad he put in the effort.
“As the year progressed I was up to their speed,” he said.