A LOOK AT: ST. MARYS LINCOLNS’ BRENT HOUSE

A Look At: St. Marys Lincolns’ Brent House – by C. Scott Holland

Being traded in one’s rookie season makes it difficult for any player to adjust and adapt, but St. Marys Lincolns’ forward Brent House has done just that. After starting his rookie (2014/15 season) and playing nearly half the schedule for the London Nationals, House was traded to the St. Marys Lincolns.

Accepting the assignment may have been hard for the young GOJHL player since the Lincolns were in the West Conference’s cellar and struggling. Yet under the tutelage of then coach Merlin Malinowski, House performed admirably and made the transition.

This season under Merlin and now head coach Jason Glover, Brent has shone. As a part-time student at Western University he says he juggles his hockey schedule with that of his school work by “doing my homework on road trips.”

When he’s not playing hockey, he loves playing golf and is immersed in his school’s activities and work.

The 6′ 1″ forward, who will turn 18 on Dec. 3 this year, leads the Lincolns in scoring with 30 points (23 gp, 13 g., 17 a.) and has aided the team greatly in climbing out of the basement and into the final playoff spot. He is also one of the least penalized players in the West Conference having taken only 18 penalty minutes in his 68 career games played.

His NHL role model is a former GOJHL great – Jeff Carter (Strathroy, 1999/2000-2000/01) – whom House notes “was born and raised in London and a goal scorer.”

Of all the arenas the Lincolns visit, he singles out “the Western Fair rink” as his favourite in which to play. “Because of its huge ice surface.”

Sarnia’s Brock St. Barn is the one the 175 lbs. forward dreads. “It’s a hot, small ice rink,” he said.

He was drafted in 14th round (271st overall) by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2013 Priority Draft), but as far as highlight reels go, that doesn’t compare to his London Jr. Knights AAA midget team winning the Alliance championship.

What does he contribute to the young Lincolns’ squad?

“I play a two-way hockey game and consider myself strong defensively,” he said.

He realizes he has lots to improve. “My physical game and I need to finish more of my checks,” he stated.

There’s bound to be lots of hockey left for Brent in his career and if things go his way he will not only become a better all-around player but will have his career extended for many years to come.

(photo credit – Blake Mossey 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 contacted at: cttocsh1@yahoo.ca

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