Tkaczuk leads to way to the top
Poise, if you look in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of the Barrie Colts captain, Daniel Tkaczuk. Poise is the word scouts use when describing the 18-year-old centre. His poise was one of the reasons that why Calgary choose him 6th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. He was also the first player choosen in the OHL draft three years ago ahead of players such as Joe Thornton, Boyd Devereaux, and Nick Boynton. At 6’0″ and 190lbs, he poses as a dangerous two-way threat who is as composed and confident off the ice as he is on. Tkaczuk has a great offensive ability with 45 goals and 93 points in 62 games last season.
“He has great leadership and character,” said on scout. Barrie coach, Bert Templeton feels that Tkaczuk is his best defensive forward and top penalty killer.
Along with the C, Tkaczuk also wears the number 10. In the his family June 10th is a lucky day. Andy Tkaczuk, his father immigrated to Canada from Poland on that date. In 1979, Tkacuk was born and in 1996 he was drafted. Calgary was looking for an offence. In Tkaczuk they found an outstanding character player who didn’t know the word quit. He was assertive and not afraid to speak his mind. when teammate Alexander Volchkov developed an attitude he publically voiced his opinions and criticisizms.
Just three years ago Tkaczuk was playing high school hockey at Upper Canada College. He is serious, well educated and comtemplated a US College route, but felt that the OHL was the best way to reach the NHL. On September 17th Calgary returned him to Barrie after a solid training camp. He enters his thrid year continuing to excel defensivley as well as offensivley. Many expected him to be plaing in the NHL, but even he admits that it is unrealistic that an 18-year-old would make an impact right away. Barrie is currently 1st in their division and Tkacuk is leading the team in scoring with 14 goals and 31 points in 22 games. when asked about his great leadership abilities he replied: “My parents said to me when I was small: ‘do you want to be a leader or a follower?’ And ever since I’ve been small I liked to lead, so I guess that’s where I got it from.” Daniel Tkaczuk is now leading his his way to the NHL and leading his team to the Memorial Cup.