Game On Magazine November 2015 - Page 82

Scott Taylor’s NOTEBOOK ADAM BROOKS In the Middle of the Game Photos by James Carey Lauder, Bruce Fedyck and Rusty Barton It’s hard to imagine anyone, anywhere was hotter in the month of October than Regina Pats centre, Adam Brooks. In mid-October, Brooks ravaged the Western Hockey League. In a 6-4 loss at Lethbridge, Brooks scored three goals, (Winnipeg’s Ryley Lindgren led Lethbridge with a pair of goals). In his first 14 games this season, Brooks had eight goals and 17 points and was plus six. He had six goals and four assists in a three-game stretch from Oct. 11-14. Scouts say that the former Team Manitoba star from Winnipeg didn’t get a chance as a 16-year-old under coach Malcolm Cameron in 2013-14, but when former Winnipeg Jets head coach and GM John Paddock took over, Brooks got an opportunity and has exploded. This could be a great WHL story this season... 82 GAME ON NOVEMBER 2015 Walked into Winnipeg Blues head coach Don MacGillivray’s office in the trailer out behind the MTS Iceplex (the Blues will use the trailer until the renovations for the Moose are completed at the Iceplex) and almost the first words out of his mouth were, “The Portage Terriers are not our friends.” The former Terriers head coach was half-kidding, but he echoed the sentiments of a lot of folks around the MJHL. Last year, Blake Spiller’s Terriers won the MJHL title with a record of 53-3-4. This year, they are 14-1-0 to start the season and have won 10 in a row (at press time). With the likes of Brad and Shawn Bowles, young Nick Henry, Adam Wowryk and Edmonton-born goalie Nathan Park, the Terriers are not rebuilding. They have reloaded...