A Look At Falcons’ Brandon Cercone – by C. Scott Holland

Statistically, he’s noted as one of the GOJHL’s top defensemen and he is certainly a big part of the current St. Catharines Falcons’ roster. He’s a top five GOJHL defenseman in career goals, assists and points.

While Brandon Cercone has been quietly contributing to the Falcons’ successes during his three seasons with the club, the 20 year-old Welland native is also attending Brock University.

“Time management is the key,” he says as to how he fits both hockey and school into his busy schedule. “I do homework during the day,” Cercone added.

Outside of hockey he enjoys being a volunteer firefighter and studying for a BSc in Kinesiology.

He says, “Matt Sundin is my favourite NHL player …He’s a great guy.” With a role model like Sundin it’s not any wonder the 5′ 10″ defenseman has amassed 15 goals and 53 assists in 110 games. More impressive is his low penalty minutes which total 48.

One aspect of his game which stands out this season is his work on powerplays. The 175 lbs. rearguard has six helpers so far on special team goals.

He loves playing on “Fort Erie’s big ice rink” and loathes “Pelham’s tiny rink with square boards.”

But for a player who won the OMHA title in minor midget he feels that its “my speed and offense” which are the biggest assets that contribute to the Falcons’ games.

Despite having played in the GOJHL for a few seasons, he says, “I need to be more solid in the D zone” and that makes him a defenseman who definitely knows where he should focus his hockey attention.

About a decade from now, Brandon hopes to be working either in sports medicine or as a firefighter and sees himself as “probably being married.”

In the meantime, he’ll keep playing for the Falcons during his final year of eligibility and assuring himself of a good education at Brock University.

(photo credit – St. Catharines Standard – Brandon Cercone (26) of the St. Catharines Falcons tangles with Matthew Thorpe (20) of the Niagara Falls Canucks in Jr B action at the Jack Gatecliff Arena)

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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