Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 14

THE 2015-16 GAME ON MAGAZINE MANIT OBA PL AYE R T O WAT CH NOLAN PATRICK: THE NEXT ONE By Doug Sinclair with Scott Taylor Photos by Bruce Fedyck I have been a scout for 14 years and for me, Nolan Patrick, last year’s Western Hockey League rookie of the year, is one of the top two or three players I have seen in Manitoba.  Nolan is the whole package and if you watched him play for Team Canada at last month’s Ivan Hlinka World U-18 tournament in Czech Republic (he was joined on the national team by Wheaties teammate, Brandon’s own Tanner Kaspick), you’ll know what I mean. He has all the tools and the toolbox to go with it. He has an incredible blend of size, smarts, skating ability, skill and he definitely has the right attitude.  He also has an incredible pedigree. Both dad (longtime NHL player, Steve Patrick) and mom are great athletes. His uncle James Patrick was an incredible NHL defenseman and is a current NHL coach. His mom was a university volleyball player and his uncle Rich Chernomaz, was an NHL player. His grandfather was no slouch either. He won four Grey Cup championships with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His pedigree is very impressive. He grew up in a very successful sports family and he is always around that success.  His size is a key to his success. He is 6-foot-2 and will probably grow some more. He will definitely fill out and get a lot stronger physically. Once this happens it will add even more to his already impressive game. 14 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 Doug Sinclair, assistant coach with the Winnipeg Thrashers, scout with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips and a coach in the Hockey Manitoba U-16 Program of Excellence, calls Brandon Wheat Kings star Nolan Patrick “a special player.” According to Sinclair, a man who knows Patrick well, this young star will, without question, be the player to watch in Manitoba this season.  He can skate. He has a nice, long, fluent, strong stride that will be even better once he develops more leg strength. Nolan has deceptive speed. There are big, tall players like this who appear to be slower than they are because they have a long, loping stride. However, they are quicker than you think. Nolan is a very good skater who covers a lot of ice and can skate well when he has the puck.  I’ve had the luxury of coaching Nolan on a couple of different teams – the Winnipeg Thrashers and the Manitoba U-16s. He was my captain with Team Manitoba (U-16s) and he is a lead-by-example kind of player. He loves to play and he does his talking with his game.  I love his attitude. He is very coachable, but is also a competitor. He wants to win, but he also wants to improve and he wants to be a good player. He puts in the time and has a deep d YX