A trade late in the summer has paid huge dividends for the Humboldt Broncos as Cody Pongracz is the club’s leading scorer entering the Christmas break.
The 19-year-old right winger spent last season with the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, but he wanted to play more because he knew he could do more. After discussing his future with Camrose coach Boris Rybalka, it was agreed a new team would be better for him and the deal with Humboldt was struck.
Things couldn’t have worked out better as Pongracz has amassed 16 goals and 22 assists in 33 games, far more than the 5-10-15 totals he put up last year in 38 games with Camrose.
“There’s not a whole lot different,” says Pongracz when comparing the AJHL and SJHL. “They’re both good hockey, good calibre.”
The former Saskatoon Contact of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League is tied for third in league scoring, but he puts the team first above any personal accomplishments.
“It’s great here (Humboldt),” says Pongracz. “We have a good team and should be pretty good (in the second half).”
Pongracz attended a couple of Western Hockey League camps with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the past, but now the 6-foot-0, 180-pound winger is enjoying where he is.
He is not sure what his future will be, but he has completed his SAT exams and has had contact with at least one college. Pongracz is taking things in stride without worrying too much about what lies ahead.
“If an opportunity came my way, I’d look at it,” says Pongracz. “(As for studies) I haven’t even thought that far ahead.”
Right now his thoughts are on the second half of the season and if Pongracz continues to play the way he has, the Broncos could be a real threat to repeat as league champions.
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