Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 76

their prospects’ lists. But a lot of it has to do with your development. I give a load of credit to all of the scouts in our league, they’re out there every night evaluating 14-year-old players and projecting them to where they will be at 17 or 18. That takes a lot of skill because you don’t really know how big a kid is going to get or fast he’ll become and yet, because these scouts are so good, so many of the kids who are drafted are playing in our league now. “Having said that, there are many great players who were never drafted and became stars in our league. Shea Weber is kind of the poster boy for those players, but from here in Manitoba, Brendan Shinnimin (Arizona Coyotes), who became the player of the year in Canada, along with Matt Calvert (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Michael Ferland (Calgary Flames), both good NHL players today, were never selected in the bantam draft and became outstanding WHL plauyers. So it isn’t the be-all and end-all, either.” To start his draft year, young Fedyck has a lot of things going for him. Last year, he was Manitoba’s Bantam 2 Defenseman of the Year. He’s also 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and he’s just 14-years-old. He’s going to get bigger. Considering how much he plays and the time he spends working out away from the rink, he should also get better. He not only plays for the Winnipeg Sharks, but has played spring hockey on several good AAA teams like Team Xtreme and the Manitoba Wild, teams that include many top Manitoba players. Fedyck also played for the American Stars, an elite Minnesota team that plays tournament hockey. He’s doing all this, plus attending former NHL player J.P. Vigier’s summer camp. He was also selected for the WHL Combine in August. 76 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 Last year, in Bantam 2, he had 12 goals and 11 assists in 30 games with the Sharks and was not only the top goal scorer among defensemen, but was named B2 AAA’s Defenseman of the Year. This off-season, he’s also working on his skills while skating with Walter (Wally) Shefchyk, training with his hockey friends at hockey fitness guru Richard Burr’s facility as well as fitting in a few skating lessons from highly-regarded Dave Cameron at The Rink. He attends John Henderson Jr. High and is in French Immersion. He says he does, “fairly well in school, but I have a bit of trouble with math.” Fact is he’s come a long way since he started playing Timbits as a five-year-old. From there, he moved onto the Gateway Flyers and then the atom River East Royals. He played for the Marauders AAA Peewee club and now the Winnipeg Sharks. He’s had some tremendous developmental coaches. “My ability to control players on the ice, talking in the dressing room and being a leader all round are my strengths,” he said. “I do a good job when I’m out there of moving guys around the ice. I think I’m a pretty good quarterback, controlling my zones. I’m a good passer with good distribution skills.” Fedyck also claims he likes the physical aspect of the game and enjoys hitting, but what sets him apart from most of his peers is his big league shot. He’s also a well-rounded athlete who enjoys playing basketball. He also played football for the East Side Eagles for several years and was considered a top prospect until former coach Tim Jessie ultimately asked Ryden to choose between football or hockey. “So I chose hockey,” he said with a smile. “I loved football but I had to choose so I was forced to say good-bye.” Right now, Fedyck is getting set for his big year. He says he needs to work on improving all aspects of his game, needs to get bigger and stronger and most of all has to work on his skating, something he’s been doing almost every day this summer. “It means everything to me to be drafted,” he said with a knowing smile. “Hockey is pretty much my life.” n