Giovanni Bombini knew he could play junior hockey; all he needed was a chance.
After a disappointing season with the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last year, where his ice time was limited, Bombini has found new life in Kindersley and the 19-year-old has taken advantage of the opportunity.
“I’m happy to have the chance,” admits Bombini, who has been a main offensive source for the Klippers as they battle with the Estevan Bruins for home-ice advantage for the opening-round Survivor Series. “Rocky (Kindersley head coach and general manager Rocky Zinger) has given me a chance to play and prove myself to be a top player.”
Bombini has certainly done that.
In 42 games with the Klippers, Bombini has scored 19 goals and added 24 assists with a good portion of those points coming since Christmas when his role was elevated with the departure of Connor Gay to the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats.
Putting points on the board is nothing new to the 5-foot-9, 170-pound centre as Bombini had 35 points in 33 games in his final year of Midget AAA hockey in Edmonton. His performance with the Maple Leafs Athletic Club got him listed by the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, but he only made it to the intrasquad game before being released.
Going the Junior A route was his next option and landing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has suited him just fine.
“The SJHL is very good,” says Bombini. “Every single team you expect the best out of them. You watch how the other teams are doing and try and get a point out of every game. It’s exciting coming to the rink every night.”
Having just written his SAT exams through the league’s education program, Bombini is hoping to get a scholarship offer so that he can continue playing hockey at a high level while taking classes for a business degree.
Sacred Heart has already contacted the gifted player and Bombini said Niagara has apparently shown some interest through his coach, but he has yet to hear from them personally.
“It would be nice to get the opportunity,” says the well-spoken Bombini.
For now, staying ahead of the Weyburn Red Wings for the final playoff berth and winning the battle with Estevan for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs are his main focus. If he continues to play as he as he has, moving to the next level will take care of itself.
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