Scott’s Monday profile is my favourite defenseman in the GOJHL, and often a recipient of the myFM Player of the Game, J.P. Grineau.
A Look At: J.P. Grineau, Leamington Flyers Defenseman – by C. Scott Holland
Quite often some of the best players in the GOJHL are ones who go unnoticed. A current, shining example is fifth-year veteran J. P. Grineau of the Leamington Flyers. The 20 year-old defenseman, who presently works at Amco Produce in Leamington is one of the steadiest and least penalized defensemen in the entire GOJHL. (only two penalty minutes in 12 games this season and 54 total for five seasons!) There’s nothing fancy about his play – just a simple get-the-job-done attitude and work ethic.
When he’s not at the rink or working out, he enjoys playing golf and baseball.
His schedule is a hectic one but he is thankful his employer allows him to leave work early to make practices and games.
Of all the arenas he has played in, his hometown rink (Highbury Canco) at the Leamington Kinsmen Sports Complex is the favourite “because of its large Olympic size and good atmosphere.”
He loathes the West Middlesex Memorial Centre in Strathroy because of its small ice surface. “You can’t make plays on it,” he states regarding the fast tempo and quickness of decision making while playing in that rink. (The WMMC in Strathroy is 20 feet narrower and 16 feet shorter than the Highbury Canco Arena in Leamington.)
For the 5 ft. 9 inch, 179 lbs. vet who is in his final season of Junior B hockey eligibility, “winning back-to-back West Conference” playoff titles is the highlight of his hockey career and he hopes the Leamington Flyers have a good shot a third such championship this season.
At every home game his parents and quite often his two sisters are in the crowd rooting for him and the Flyers.
He feels that his “leadership and hard work” are assets which aid the Flyers greatly.
While Grineau has primarily been a defenseman often he is used as a winger and this double ability makes him a very valuable and versatile player in the Flyers’ lineup. But Grineau knows he can improve his game. “I need to improve my defensive game and strength on the puck,” he admits.
A decade from now he sees himself as a hard-working man, being married and perhaps having couple of children. No matter what field of endeavour he chooses, his hard work and efficiency will certainly lead to continued success.
Photo: Colleen Wiendels Photography