Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 66

COACH DON MCGILLIVRAY My goals are to help this team win a championship, play college hockey in the United States and maybe, go pro someplace finally had a growth spurt and was 6-feet tall. Now I’m 6-foot-2 and I feel pretty comfortable in this league. High school hockey gave me a chance and I’m grateful that it was there for me.” After leaving the Fightin’ Gophers of Garden City, Nault had nine goals and 10 assists in 42 games with the Blues in 2012-13. In 2013-14, he had 19 goals and 36 points in 55 games. He has improved his offense in each of his three seasons in the league. “He’s a 20-year-old in his fourth year with our team,” said Blues head coach Don MacGillivray. “We expect him to be a leader. He’s a real hard-working young man with good character. He’s works hard at every practice, doesn’t take any time off and does everything he’s asked to do.” MacGillivray conceded, however, that the Blues don’t often find good players in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League. “I wouldn’t say that it’s rare that we get really good kids straight out of high school, because there are a few every year (last year’s top playoff goalie for the Blues, Byron Spriggs, was right out of Vincent Massey Collegiate), but usually they are a little behind the players who come out of Triple A midget,” MacGillivray said. “That’s why it usually takes a year or two for high school players to get used to the size and speed in this league. I would be lying if I didn’t say that the Triple A midget kids are ahead of the high school players. But Kamerin has been good for us because he’s learned quickly and he’s worked hard. You can’t replace hard work.” Nault started his hockey career at Sinclair Park Community Centre 62 GAME 66 GAMEON ON CHAMPIONS NOVEMBER EDITION 2015 2015 as a five-year-old. He played at Sinclair Park until his 7-8-year-old season and moved to the Brooklands. He played 8-A1 at Brooklands and continued through the top of the minor program until he reached high school and played for the Gophers. “There is no question that for me, winning the MJHL championship (2014) was the highlight of my career,” he said. “I’d do anything it takes to win it again. “My goals are to help this team win a championship, play college hockey in the United States and maybe, go pro someplace. I’ve already finished high school and I had good marks so I’m not worried about the academic part. I just want to have a good year, win a championship and put up the numbers that will help us win.” It’s interesting that Nault has always said he needs to get bigger. Last year, he played most of the season at 165 pounds but this year, after spending his summer working out at Focus Fitness, he’s bulked up to 183 even though he looks leaner. “I know I still need to get bigger,” he said. “I really like Focus Fitness. They have a real good training staff and my on-ice stuff was great this summer. I always like to do things that make me quicker. The game today is all about speed. I’m in a lot better shape than I was last year because I did a lot of legwork and lots of core stuff. My workouts were really hockey specific. “I’m 6-foot-2, but still only 183 pounds. I’d like to get to 195. But I know I’m getting stronger. I just need to get bigger. That just takes work and I’m ready to do the work.” n