Wildcats combined team takes to the ice
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield/Windsor Locks/Granby - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
SUFFIELD/WINDSOR LOCKS/GRANBY - Mother Nature has kept many high school hockey fans away from their teams this season, but not from the Suffield/Windsor Locks/Granby combined team. With seating packed to capacity at almost every game, the Wildcats have a tremendous following of devoted fans and a roster full of talent bringing new excitement to the ice each week.
Led by head coach Nick Boorman, the Wildcats are off to a solid start with a record of 4-5, as of press time last week. “The team works very hard during every game and practice,” Boorman said. “Our best strength is that we always play as a team. Everyone plays an important role to the overall success of the program.”
At the completion of the 2010 season, with an overall record of 12-9-2, the team graduated 11 players, including six leading scorers. With a completely new coaching staff and several additions to the team for 2011, the Wildcats are striving to be competitive in all NHC conference games, including those versus Enfieldand North Branford. “We want the Wildcats to be competitive with every Division 2 team,” Boorman said. “We see ourselves as a contender in our conference and division.”
Both the varsity and junior varsity Wildcats carry several elite players, however Boorman places equal value on each member’s skill set. “Every player helps on defense and looks to contribute on offense. It does not matter who scores – it only matters if a Wildcat scores,” he said.
Looking ahead to state tournament play, Boorman believes his team is working towards an attainable goal. “We look to get better every day on all aspects of the game,” he said. “We want to be playing our best hockey come playoff time.”
Wildcats Ice Hockey Head Coach Nick Boorman
First season with the team.
Keys to the season ahead: “Our overall goal is for each player to have a positive experience and to learn important life skills through hockey to make them better people: confidence, leadership, hard work and teamwork [are the keys],” the coach said.
Seniors: Dylan Balfore, Mitch Crosby, Tyler Swanson, Travis Crosby, Charles McGann, Brendan Fleming, Peter Grebowski and Steve Zaczynski.
Complete schedule on www.suffieldhockey.org
Sports Spotlight – Players to Watch:
Brendan Flemming – Senior - Defenseman
One of the team captains, Flemming has been described by the coaching staff as one of the team’s key players. Flemming possesses a strong command of complicated stick-handling and skates at top speeds.
Dylan Balfore – Senior - Defenseman
Boorman describes Balfore as one of the hardest working scholar athletes in high school sports, a dominating force on the ice, and a leader in the locker room and classroom.
Mike Thompson – Junior - Forward
A lifetime goalie, Thompson has stepped into the much-needed role of power forward for the Wildcats. Thompson has proven to be one of the Wildcats’ best offensive players and is the team’s leading scorer.