By Dave Leaderhouse
FLIN FLON BOMBERS, D
There is likely no one else who has taken a more circuitous route to get to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League than Flin Flon Bomber defenceman Calvon Boots.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Boots played a pair of seasons at West Valley High School before moving to Colorado where he spent his entire midget eligibility competing in the North American Prospects Hockey League.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Boots followed up his high school career – 22 points in 43 games – with one season with the under-16 Pikes Peaks program (six assists in 14 games) before moving up to the under-18 Pikes Peaks club where he recorded five goals and nine assists in 25 games.
Last season, Boots joined the Rocky Mountain Roughriders and in 19 games he averaged a point per game collecting nine goals and 10 assists to go with 74 minutes in penalties.
Now 19 years old, Boots is in his first season of Junior “A” hockey and through the first 34 games with Flin Flon he has registered eight goals and 10 assists including three points in the first two games since returning from the Christmas break.
The Bombers have made it to the league final in each of the last two seasons and while they went through a tough stretch leading up to the break, if they can turn things around in the second half there is no reason not to believe they won’t be a threat this time around as well.
Boots, who has already played more games this year than in any other season of his young career, will undoubtedly play a big role in how the Bombers finish. If he continues to adjust to the level of play and further develop his skills, Flin Flon has every opportunity to make positive strides going forward.
Tag(s): Young Guns