Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 14

Making it in the Best Junior Hockey League in the World Stelio Mattheos By Scott Taylor Photos by Bruce Fedyck In the 2014 Western Hockey League Entry Draft, Stelio Mattheos of Winnipeg was the first overall pick. The Brandon Wheat kings have put their faith in Mattheos and the 16-year-old is now playing regularly on one of the best teams in the WHL. As he moves forward, will Mattheos be as good as projected? It’s all about making it in the best junior hockey league on the planet. 14 GAME ON NOVEMBER 2015 BRANDON – Stelio Mattheos has no delusions of grandeur. Yes, he was a No. 1 selection in the 2014 Western Hockey League bantam draft and yes, he’s playing a regular shift in the WHL at age 16. But he also knows that as a rookie in the best junior hockey league in the world, he’s just another guy on the bus. He’s a good player, no doubt. Wheat Kings Owner, GM and head coach Kelly McCrimmon believes in him. But there are never any guarantees, no matter how good you were when you were 14-years-old. “I definitely understand that this i