Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 62

He’s a good, young player, but he’s a big kid with good hands and a great nose for the net that’s what I bring to the rink. I’m a pretty good passer and my puck movement is good. I know I’m going to get better.” Bernie Plett’s goal is to get his son Ben a shot at Division 1 or even Division 3 NCAA hockey. By choosing the Phoenix Knights, head coach Chris Walker believes Ben Plett has taken a very good first step. n Mahood, a hockey star from Matlock, Man., who played four seasons at the University of Manitoba before spending four years playing professionally in the German Elite League. Mahood was a coaching consultant with the Phoenix Coyotes when he was asked to buy an expansion franchise in the WSHL. In 1999, the Phoenix Polar Bears were born. Today it’s the Knights and it still has a connection to Manitoba. Last year, not only did Plett finish the season with the Knights but Phoenix also had Brandon’s Jordan Kaspick and Reid Hunter. Kaspick is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound, 20-year-old who played a game with MJHL’s Neepawa Natives before finding a home in Phoenix. Hunter, 18, like Kaspick, played a couple of years of Triple A Midget with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Last season, Hunter had seven goals and 17 assists in 45 games with the Knights. This season, Walker expects to have plenty of Canadians. And, after Christmas, he’l Y]