By Dave Leaderhouse
MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES, LW
It has been a wild ride for Isaac Embree this season, but the 19-year-old has finally found a home with the Melville Millionaires.
After spending all of last year and the first month this season with the Estevan Bruins, the Ladner, B.C., product was traded twice in the same day back in late October as he was first part of a package that went to the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before landing back in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with Melville.
Since that frantic stretch of activity the 6-foot-2, 217-pound winger has been one of the team’s top producers collecting 26 points in 33 games including eight in the last 10 as Melville secured a return to the post-season after a one-year absence.
Not only has Embree been on the scoresheet with point production, but he has also been showing his grit collecting 105 minutes in penalties with the Millionaires including 66 in that stretch drive to the playoffs.
Embree was off to a decent start with the Bruins this year having registered 13 points and 52 minutes in penalties in 14 games prior to the flurry of trades. That quick start almost matched his entire output as a rookie last year with Estevan as he had 15 points in 47 games, along with 153 penalty minutes.
Prior to moving east to the SJHL, Embree spent two seasons at the Delta Hockey Academy where he played in a total of 63 games and registered 59 points. His physical play was also evident at that level as he also racked up 176 minutes in penalties while at the Academy.
Embree got his first taste of junior hockey during that time as well as he played a handful of games each season with the Delta Ice Hawks of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. Embree had a goal and two assists in 11 games during those two stints with the Ice Hawks.
The Millionaires have been playing some of their best hockey of the season down the stretch and Embree has been a big part of that. His offence and physicality will be leaned on even more in the playoffs as Melville will be part of the Wild Card round and with that opening series being a best-of-three affair he could be a difference maker.
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