A Look At: St. Marys Lincolns Forward Graham Brulotte – by C. Scott Holland
One of the hardest things for a sophomore player in any league is improving, and more so, when one is with a team that has been struggling near, or at the bottom of the standings. But a clear exception is St. Marys Lincolns right winger Graham Brulotte.
Already he has exceeded his rookie numbers in several categories. In the 18 games he has played so far in 2015/16, Brulotte has shown not only a powerful shot, but has garnered 11 goals and collected 10 helpers leaving him third in team scoring. Included in those 11 tallies are five which have come on the powerplay. For the 18 year-old Putnam, Ontario native, both the goals and special teams markers are career highs and his assists ties his mark from last year’s campaign.
A product of the London Jr. Knights major midgets, the 6′ 2″ forward is attending Fanshawe College Police Foundations and he spends his spare time, “volunteering with my community.”
Juggling his free time isn’t always easy, but Graham says, “I now what my priorities are and I use some of my spare time for studying and completing school tasks.”
Using that time wisely has made him a better player and person and he says his NHL hockey hero is Dallas Stras’ forward Jamie Benn. “He plays a powerful role up front and can put the puck in the net.” Benn’s influence on Brulotte’s game is obvious but the young Lincs winger is still learning how to use his skills.
He loves “playing at London’s Western Fairgrounds where “the ice surface is big; there’s lots of room to skate.”
His hockey background has been filled with winning moments. “I was a part of winning the Alliance Championship three times with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and won it again with LJK (London Jr. Knights) major midget team.”
That experience is certainly a big part of why he is an important player with the Lincolns but he also adds, “I bring leadership, a voice in the room and I lead by example.”
Despite the fact that the 180 lbs. forward is a strong player with the puck, he realizes that he has to continue improving. “I need to address aspects of my game away from the puck.”
Wherever his schooling takes him, he holds a bounty of hope that his hockey career will be furthered within the next decade of his life. With such good skills and attributes, Graham Brulotte is definitely a young, rising star and one to watch.
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.
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