The season is now over. It was tough losing four straight to the Nanaimo Clippers because out of the four, three of them were lost by one goal – one loss in regulation time and the other two in overtime. It was a tough hard fought series for both teams. We had the chances but we either hit the post or could not capitalize. I have to give credit where credit is due. Nanaimo is a very good team and after they beat us I knew they were going to win the championship and they did. Congrats!
It was tough saying goodbye to some of my fellow teammates and good friends who I have known over the last few seasons while playing for the Surrey Eagles. I wish them well in their future hockey careers. Some are on their way to play on scholarships in the United States and others are planning a career in Europe or the American Hockey League.
Since the season has ended, I’ve been studying for my SAT’s, which I write at the beginning of May and I’m also taking a couple of extra courses over the summer. I just started a summer job detailing and repairing scratches on new cars. On top of all this, I have already started to work out five days a week. I really need to increase my leg strength, develop my upper body and work on my core area. My goal is to put on 10-15 lbs before next season.
For some extra fun, I will be playing roller hockey in a men’s league over the summer. I played on the same team last year, along with my good buddy, Matt Francis. We won the Championship last year and will try to win it again. I will play pond hockey with a bunch of my old friends who are back from their WHL teams now on a weekly basis.
On Friday, I leave for my first fly down to visit a university in the States. I’m very excited about this and looking forward to seeing the campus. When I get back I will have to make some decisions on which other universities I intend to do fly downs with.
On May 13th I will be attending the 2004 Invitational Hockey Showcase put on by Global Sports Scouting Services. I have attended this showcase for the last five years. I have met and made some great friends over the years and look forward to seeing them again in May. I have a buddy from California who will be staying with me while we both attend the showcase. For the first time, I will be able to play with my younger brother Garrett, who is 15. He played Junior B this year and Global Services feels he is good enough to play up with our age group. I just hope he sets me up and I outscore him.
Over the next few weeks I will give you all some updates on how things are transpiring and what an offseason is like for a ‘Junior A’ hockey player.
Our question comes from Rob from Manitoba and he writes: “Matt, do you have an agent?”
I do not have an agent but I do have a family advisor, in fact I have two family advisors. Peter Baptista from Nexstar Sports Agency and Rich Evans from TSC both serve as my family advisor.
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