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Western Kings rookie Drew Langdon says the team always comes first with him

Drew Langdon during a drill at a Western Kings team practice on Wednesday night at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.
Drew Langdon during a drill at a Western Kings team practice on Wednesday night at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

Drew Langdon is a defensive-style player who works hard along the boards in the pursuit of loose pucks, but he has shown in the early going that he can put some points on the scoresheet.

The 15-year-old Deer Lake native, in his first season of major midget hockey with the Western Kings, has amassed three goals and three assists in four games as the boys from the west cruise into a three-game weekend against the Central IcePak with a four-game winning streak.

A six-foot-one, 150-pound winger, Langdon is happy he has been able to help the team string some wins together and he doesn’t really care too much about what his personal statistics look like as long as he gives a solid effort every shift.

“The team comes first,” Langdon said earlier this week.

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Langdon is a second-year midget player making his debut at the major midget level. He helped Deer Lake win a midget hockey crown and the Elwood Lakers win the West Coast High School Hockey League last winter when he wasn’t interested in making the commitment to the Kings.

He had a change of heart when some of his buddies from Deer Lake decided they wanted to play this year.

Langdon has found chemistry with two fleet-footed linemates in Skylar Coates and Brayden Ryan in the first four games, and he hopes things will only get better as they spend more time together.

“They’re both quick and strong, and they really know how to move the puck around,” he said.

Kings coach Mark Robinson didn’t expect Langdon to be among the scoring leaders on his team, so he looks at his productivity as a bonus.

Robinson heaped praise on the lanky forward because he works hard every shift and always finds a way to get a stick in the way of opposing players.

Getting every player to buy into the game plan and the systems implemented by the coaching staff can be a challenge for some coaches, but Langdon has been able to adjust nicely to the quick pace at the major midget level.

“Drew is, in my opinion, probably one of the better positional players that any team could want, really,” he said.

Robinson likes how Langdon is fitting in with Ryan and Coates because it gives him an explosive line that can put the puck in the net and still be accountable when they don’t have it.

“That line is basically a hard-working, meat and potatoes line that picked up a few points,” he said.

Langdon may be somewhat reserved, but it appears he likes to have fun. His answer to The Western Star asking him if he was going to the Kings practice Wednesday night because they wanted to get a picture of him provided a glimpse of his fun nature.

“Yes, I will be there, and make sure you get a good one,” he said.

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