A LOOK AT: ST. CATHARINES FALCONS’ CAPTAIN, BRODERICK KELLY

A Look At: St. Catherines Falcons’ Captain Broderick Kelly – by C. Scott Holland

His experience as a blueliner has been an essential element to the St. Catharines Falcons during the past four seasons and this season he has been honoured by named the team’s captain. It’s not often that a hometown boy reaches such pinnacles and a plus for Broderick is the fact that he is among the top GOJHL career leaders at his position.

Time management is a key for him as he “juggles work around attending Brock University on top of his commitment to the Falcons’ practices and games.”

He has definitely shone in hockey and has played 150 games heading into the 2016 portion of the schedule. Plus with 14 goals and 85 assists in his career he is just a single point shy of reaching the 100 point benchmark.

During the first half of the current season he has notched four goals and added 11 assists and taken only 34 penalty minutes. Two of his goals have come on the powerplay and another pair have served as game winners.

Originally, a draft pick of the Niagara Ice Dogs in the 5th round of the 2011 draft, he does have some significant OHL experience and that is one reason why the 5′ 11″ defenseman has been an important part of the Falcons’ team.  Selected from the St. Catharines Falcons Minor Midget AAA program of the SCTAMM, Kelly has logged 78 OHL games.

He says, “Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is the best NHL defenseman” and certainly is a role model to the 20 year-old.

Having played in many rinks, he states, “Fort Erie’s big ice surface” is his favourite on which to play while Thorold’s “is too dark.”

The highlight of hockey career is “winning the Sutherland Cup in 2011/12” (they topped Brantford 4-2). Being a rookie that season as well makes the memories standout even further.

He has one ambition which he looks forward to gaining. “I want to be a member of the fire department.” Like hockey, that goal requires some tough mental and physical training but it is one that this young man should obtain.

The Falcons and the rest o the GOJHL wish him all the best in all his future endeavours.

(photo credit – chlimages)

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: cttocsh1@yahoo.ca

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