A LOOK AT: ST. THOMAS FORWARD ADAM KEYES

Scott’s Friday profile is a player who adds a scoring, playmaking and physical presence to the St. Thomas Stars, rookie forward Adam Keyes

A Look At: St. Thomas Forward Adam Keyes – by C. Scott Holland

Graduating from the London Knights AAA major midgets to Junior B has been a rather smooth transition for rookie Stars’ forward Adam Keyes. Part of making the jump easier is the fact that he has joined many hockey friends who play with the Stars franchise.

Adam was a scoring star in AAA tallying 24 goals and adding 24 assists for 48 points in 43 games.  With 101 penalty minutes, Adam certainly doesn’t shy away from the rough stuff.  He finished 11th in Alliance scorong last year with the Junior Knights.

Adam actually dressed for the London Nationals in a single game during the 2013/14 season.

“It’s a good bunch of guys,” he states. “It’s near where I live (London) and it’s become a good fit.”

The 5′ 11′” forward has played 14 games for St. Thomas and has notched four goals and added a pair of assists; two of his goals have come on powerplay opportunities.

The 17 year-old has managed to mix both school and hockey. Despite the step up in the level of hockey, he has learned to work and study on the team bus during road trips and like many other Junior B players gets as much school work done in his spare time as possible.

He explains his ethic, “I like to work hard in the offensive zone and like to get the puck out of the defensive zone as quickly as I can.” Among the qualities which he considers integral to his game are, “my speed and crashing the net.”

He admits that he trains hard everyday in the off-season “in an effort to get stronger and quicker.”

Looking ahead to his future somewhere five to ten years down the road, “I’d like to still be playing hockey somewhere,” he said. But plans on studying business in case that does not work out.

For Adam there’s plenty of time to continue playing hockey and lots of time ahead to begin a successful career in whatever field he feels is right for him. In the meantime his hard work will surely lead him down the right path.

(photo credit – Dan Hickling)

C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/06 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan.
He can be contacted at cttocsh1@yahoo.com

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