Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 76

I learned that there are bigger bodies out there so I had to create my own time and space. But as I got more comfortable, I really liked the pace of the game hockey environment. He’s surrounded by the Woos, Jett and his dad Larry, who is a pretty terrific coach and trainer, and the Bettens family and their son Rylan (a third-round choice of the Wheat Kings in last spring’s WHL bantam draft who went to Brandon’s training camp with Caiden). And I consider myself a smart parent. I just sign cheques and drive. “But Caiden has always been a good athlete and a kid with a really high sports IQ. He just sees so much. He always knows what’s going on around him and he sees the ice really well. I think if you’re smart and athletic and you hang around with a group of young players who are as dedicated or even more dedicated than you are, then you’ll do well.” As for Caiden, he knows he can play, but he also knows he has a long way to go. In fact, he was quite impressed with his competition at the Wheat Kings camp. “They’re so much bigger and stronger and their passes are just so crisp and always right on the tape,” he said enthusiastically. “You always have to be ready because if you’re open or ahead of the play, you’re going to get a pass. “And the overall speed of the game was a lot faster that I was used to, but I found I really liked it once I got accustomed to it. I learned that there are bigger bodies out there so I had to create my own time and space. But as I got more comfortable, I really liked the pace of the game.” Daley started skating at five because although his dad was an accomplished basketball player, he still grew up in Thompson and he could still skate. At the age of six, Caiden was playing Timbits and then moved up to Community 76 GAME ON NOVEMBER 2015 Centre House League at Southdale. He played Seals 8A-1 and 9A-1 and at 10 advanced to play for the Double A Railcats. He then played bantam B-2 and B-1 with the Warriors and this season, joined the Triple A Midget Wild in the tough Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League. He’s taken all the right steps and as a provincial team member and firstround WHL draft pick, his future is bright. “But I know I have a long way to go,” said the Grade 10 student at J.H. Bruns Collegiate. “I know I have to keep pushing forward, keep getting bigger and keep getting stronger. Maybe next year, I can crack the Wheat Kings lineup (at 15, he isn’t old enough to play more than five games in the WHL this year). Later this season I really hope to be there.” In the meantime, there is school and more work in the gym. Although his skating is impressive, he’s still just 6-foot, 163 pounds. He has to grow into his body in order to be stronger in the corners and in front of the net at the WHL level. “I worked out every day this summer,” said Daley who doesn’t have a full-time trainer. “We all got together and worked out in the gym at Southdale Community Centre. I know my game is still developing and I need to work on things like winning more faceoffs and being better in my own zone, but I have a lot of strengths, too. My size and strength and my ability to beat the D wide and give my teammates opportunities to score are the skills I bring to the rink every day. “It’s every kid’s dream to play in the WHL and then the NHL. When I got the call from Brandon, it w \