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Jay Aasen

01/05/2013, 11:00am CST
By Dave Leaderhouse

6 • Melfort Mustangs

He might be small in size, but Aasen has brought consistency to his game at every level he has played at.

The 5-foot-8, 180 pound defenseman spent the past two years with the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League and while never being an offensive threat, the 18-year-old has always taken care of his own zone.

Coming off a 4-10-14 season in 31 games with Tisdale last year, the Melfort product has settled in nicely with a veteran blueline brigade and is second on the team in scoring among defensemen with five goals and four assists in just 25 games.

Aasen says the adjustment from Midget AAA to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is big, but he feels he is getting into a groove now.

“It’s a lot different than Midget AAA,” says Aasen. “The players are a lot bigger and it is quicker. So far, so good! I’m a little a smaller so I’m trying not to make too many mistakes.”

Never listed by a Western Hockey League team, Aasen says playing for his hometown Mustangs has always been on his radar.

“I’m a hometown boy and it has always been a dream of mine to play for the Mustangs,” says Aasen. “I’ve been in that mindset for a while.”

With two more years of junior eligibility, Aasen hopes he can attract some interest from post-secondary schools as he would like to continue playing the game at the next level in addition to following his brother and sister in the education field and become a teacher.

Aasen has had no contact from schools to date, but he is planning on working with the league’s education consultant, Garry Gawryliuk, to get a plan in place, which will ultimately involve writing his SAT exams and possibly getting video packages together.

“I would like a Division 1 school, obviously, but any team that is interested I would listen,” says Aasen.

Working with veteran defensemen like Carter Berg, Mat Saunderson, Cody Brown, Brandon Parrone and Zachary Walker will certainly help Aasen on the ice and having help from the league consultant should get things moving in the right direction off the ice.

Aasen has a plan, now it will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

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