At 18 years of age, Shaun MacPherson has already made some big changes in his life, but the moves have certainly benefitted the Kindersley Klippers as the rookie defenseman has proven he has a very promising future in hockey.
MacPherson grew up in Fort Smith, NWT, and while playing minor hockey, he was always slotted in a forward position. MacPherson developed into a strong skater, but living in an isolated area didn’t get him into a lot of game situations, so when he was 15 years old, he made the move to Edmonton.
“We had no organized league up there,” says MacPherson. “We practised maybe two or three times a week and the only games we played were in tournaments.”
“My Mom wanted to go back to school, so we just thought it would be better for hockey too,” adds MacPherson of the move to the larger centre.
MacPherson continued to play at the forward position for his first year of Midget AAA hockey, but when he returned for his second season at that level, the coaches switched him to defence, a move he wasn’t to sure about at first.
“I played defence on the power play when I was 16 and the coaches thought I was a natural defenseman,” explains MacPherson. “At first I didn’t like the new position, but I have gotten used to it and I like it now.”
So do the Klippers, and even the Portland Winterhawks for that matter, as he was put on the Western Hockey League club’s 50-player protected list and attended their camp this fall before moving to Kindersley.
MacPherson’s strong play, which has produced seven assists in 19 games, has not only made the Klippers a better team, but it has also generated some interest from American universities as the Grade 12 student says he has talked to the University of North Dakota and Clarkson. That is an avenue he might pursue, but right now he is focusing on making the Klippers a better team.
“I haven’t really decided,” says MacPherson, who plans to write his SAT in January to improve his education options. “Both routes (WHL or college) would be very good. College would be another four years of hockey while going to school. I have to make a decision soon.”
“The coaching staff in Kindersley is really good,” adds MacPherson. “They are doing a lot for us and giving us lots of opportunities. I just want to continue to get better and develop as a defenseman.”
He has come a long way in a short period of time, but his learning curve looks to be pointing him in the right direction.
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