By Dave Leaderhouse
YORKTON TERRIERS, C
It has been somewhat of a slow start out of the blocks for the Yorkton Terriers, but one player that has provided a bit of a spark is 18-year-old centre Cody Bruchkowski.
Venturing west from his Cochenour, Ont., home for the first time, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound Bruchkowski has averaged almost a point per game in the early stages of his Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League career.
After not being in the Yorkton line-up for three of the first five games, Bruchkowski has six points in his last six outings to sit with three goals and four assists overall.
Prior to joining the Terriers, Bruchkowski spent the last two seasons with the Thunder Bay Midget AAA Kings where that club split their seasons competing in the North American Prospects Hockey League, Lakehead Junior Hockey League and Thunder Bay Junior B Hockey League.
Last year, Bruchkowski had 14 goals and 24 assists in 22 games with the Kings while playing in the LJHL and added another two goals and two assists in 18 games at the NAPHL under-18 level. Bruchkowski also got into two games with the Thunder Bay Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, but was held off the scoresheet.
In his first year with the Kings, Bruchkowski had a goal and two assists in 25 games at the NAPHL under-18 level, but turned it up considerably when playing in the TBJBHL when he had 17 goals and nine helpers in 22 contests.
In the two seasons before joining the Kings, Bruchkowski played for the Red Lake Rams of the Northwestern Ontario Secondary Schools Association and in 27 games with the Rams he nearly averaged a goal per game notching 25 goals to go with eight assists.
The Terriers have averaged less than two goals per game early this season so they are going to be looking for offensive production from everyone to help turn things around. Bruchkowski has proven in the past he can find the back of the net and it is hoped he can once again be a catalyst up front.
Tag(s): Young Guns