A Look At: Leamington Flyers Goaltender Tyler Wall – by C. Scott Holland
Leamington Flyers goaltender, Tyler Wall, had only played one game for the club prior this season but had been a back-up netminder on several occasions during the past two campaigns.
The 185 lbs. and 6’1”puckstopper has had his stock rise dramatically with some impressive early season play. As of Oct. 10, he is the GOJHL’s leading goaltender for goals-against-average with a sparkling 1.30 along with 5 wins and 1 tie plus 2 shutouts. and a save percentage of 94.9. One of those shutouts was a 0-0 tie after double-overtime. Also, he was named the West Conference’s Goaltender of the Month for September.
With his terrific skills and what he has displayed so far this season, he should adopt Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” as his theme song. Not too many pucks have gotten past the rookie goaltender. .
When he’s not honing his goaltending skills, the 17 year-old Wall plays high school baseball.
He explains one good habit he has developed, “I always finish my school work as soon as I get home so that I have time for hockey and other activities.”
Such attention to what is foremost on his plate will be of great assistance to him throughout his life.
He loves playing at Leamington’s Highbury Canco arena because it’s one of the GOJHL’s largest rinks and says that “the crowds pump you up.”
Chatham Memorial arena’s small ice surface is the one rink he dislikes – mostly because of its size. Of course those smaller rinks should make Wall react faster to anything coming his way and his stats certainly show that he is capable of playing on any rink size.
Among his career highlights he lists winning a Sliver Stick last year with Windsor (Windsor Jr. Spitfires AAA Major Midgets).
The Leamington native feels that he contributes a “big net presence and quickness in the crease.”
Both skills have helped the Flyers rise to the top of the West Conference. Yet one aspect of his game he feels that he should improve upon is “controlling traffic in front of the net.”
However, no matter how congested his goal crease may get, he maintains a solid presence and poise throughout every game he’s played.
Many schools are already interested in the multi-talented Leamington netminder and while no decision has been formally made yet as to his immediate future, a decade down the road he sees himself as being an engineer.
No matter where he ends up, he is certainly engineering his way to a bright future.
Photo credit – Colleen Wiendals Photography