By Dave Leaderhouse
WEYBURN RED WINGS, RW
He might be small in stature, but he is certainly getting noticed in his rookie Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season.
At 5-foot-7 and 152 pounds, 18-year-old Jordan Kazymyra won’t be a physical presence on the ice, but the Regina product definitely knows what to do with the puck once it is on his stick.
Through 22 games with the Weyburn Red Wings, Kazymyra is averaging nearly a point per game as an impressive month of November where he collected eight goals and added four assists pushed his season totals to 11-8-19. As a result of that strong performance, Kazymyra was named the My Sask 411 rookie of the month in the SJHL.
Kazymyra’s success at the Junior “A” level shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as prior to joining the Red Wings he spent an incredibly successful year with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where he helped that club win the league title and narrowly miss out on a bronze-medal finish at the Telus Cup national midget championship.
Kazymyra posted 37 points in 43 regular-season games with the Pat Canadians and in the playoffs he added another five goals and an assist in 11 league playoff tilts and another two goals and two helpers at the Telus Cup.
Surprisingly, that was Kazymyra’s only season at the Midget AAA level as prior to joining the Pat Canadians he spent two years with the Midget AA Regina Rangers and in 69 games with that club he tallied 48 goals and added 33 assists.
The Red Wings appear to be in a season-long battle with their rivals from Estevan for the Viterra Division title and it will be the continued contributions of players like Kazymyra that could be the difference. And, with two more seasons of junior eligibility remaining after this year, he looks to be a cornerstone for the future as well.
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