A Look At: St. Thomas Stars’ Defenseman Carson Moniz – by C. Scott Holland
It’s not an easy chore being a GOJHL defenseman but St. Thomas Stars’ defenseman Carson Moniz has fit into the scheme of things during his three seasons with the West Conference team.
While he only played a handful of games in his first season, last year he proved that he belongs at the Jr. B level.
The 17 year-old recalls, “When I was 15, I was called up by (then) Stars’ coach Ron Horvat and I’ve stuck with the Stars ever since.”
In his second full campaign with the Stars, Moniz was named an assistant captain. “It was an honour to be get the “A” …I didn’t know I was receiving it until just prior to our very first game.”
As for his leadership style, he says, “I’m not a very vocal guy; I try to lead by setting an example on the ice and getting the boys going when down.”
He notices the difference between 2014/15 and the current campaign. “We were much younger last season with lots of first-year guys. This year, I know many of the players and Darren Kelly’s coaching style is very similar to Ron Horvat’s …I actually played under him (Kelly) when in atom.” Despite being a Lambeth resident, he enjoys the hometown feel of playing for the Stars.
Regarding his assets to the team, the 190 lbs. D-man feels, “I’m known for my shots and I like to apply some offensive pressure. But I try to play my own game.”
Moniz realizes he’ll have to improve in order to move upward, “As a team I know both the Stars, and myself, must cut down and prevent goals scored on us during the last minute of every period.”
The 5′ 11″ Moniz is enjoying his season and finds “My teammates are good and we get along in the dressing room. It’s a great environment.”
Like many other young players around the GOJHL, he’s become involved in community events and fundraisers which takes up a balanced segment of his schedule. “I like helping out at the community events whenever I can. It feels really good giving back to the community and our fans.”
But being only one of six Stars’ defensemen has been hard. “We know our roles and accept them. Our call-ups have been large, too – they all seem to fit in.”
Moniz is among the active GOJHL leaders in goals scored, which includes seven powerplay and points as well as penalty minutes and he participated in the 2014/15 GOJHL Top Prospects contest. He was drafted by the OHL Sudbury Wolves in the 10th round (193rd overall) in 2014 Priority Draft.
While the Stars are having a fabulous season, Carson Moniz’ abilities are being honed and should advance his hockey career to the next level and wherever the journey takes him. The Stars and GOJHL wish him the best.
(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography)
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 2005/05 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 reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org