Saturday, April 16, 2016
I don't even remember going to this Rookie Camp. It was the one and only WHL or Junior rookie camp that I attended. I did not go to any other rookie camps or pre qualifying camps for any other junior teams.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Thursday, April 12, 2012
My first inkling that Scouts were watching me was when I was 14 years old playing second year bantam for the Juan De Fuca Gulls (as they were called at the time). After one game my dad showed me a business card from a scout for the Victoria Cougars of the WHL, George Sigurson. My dad said the main thing that George asked him was "How Hungry am I". That question stuck in my head and when I watch athletes today in any sport, hunger seems to be the most important factor to success. When a hockey player loses his hunger, he loses his competitiveness as well. I do remember meeting George and he seemed like a really nice man. On my 15th Birthday, I received a letter from the honorable Mr. Ed Chynoweth (RIP), the Chariman of the Western Hockey League at the time. The letter stated that 4 WHL teams wanted to put me on their protected list. The way the recruitment system worked at the time there was no WHL draft. When you turned 15, if more than one team wanted you, then you had the opportunity to choose one of them.