BY DAN MCNEE
STRATFORD – The Huron-Perth major midget ‘AAA’ Lakers will benefit from the offensive scoring punch of two Listowel skaters this hockey season.
Forwards Caleb Warren and Broedy Karelse return to the Lakers for 2013-14 after skating with the minor midget ‘AAA’ team last year. Both are 16-years-old and bring their own unique skill sets to the team.
“Caleb and Broedy will be a huge part of our team’s success this season,” said Steve McIver, the Lakers’ director of hockey operations. “But it won’t be just one or two players only that lead our team to success. We feel we have assembled a great group of character players that will feed off each other and together as a team we will surpass expectations.”
Two games into the young season, Warren and Karelse have been playing on the same line and have already showed terrific chemistry. Karelse has recorded a goal and leads the team with six penalty minutes while Warren already has five assists. Both are also affiliate players for the Listowel Junior Cyclones this season.
“I followed some of the Cyclones pre-season games and when the two of them were playing together, they were able to find the back of the net,” said McIver. “So we'll see if we can get it to continue.”
The major midget Lakers also feature another Listowel connection, as both Jason and Mike Brooks are actively involved with player development for the team. The brothers bring a wealth of junior hockey experience to the club, and McIver said the rest of the staff is grateful for their expertise.
“Having Mike and Jason behind the scenes this year will be an amazing resource for our program,” said McIver. “Having the ability to lean on them for advice and their knowledge to break down game video for our coaching staff is going to be a major benefit.”
The major midget Lakers (1-1-0) dropped their first game of the season 7-4 to the Lambton Jr. Sting on Sept. 21, and then rebounded with a 9-6 win over Hamilton Huskies on Sept. 22.