At Look At: Flyers’ Zach Guilbeault – by C. Scott Holland
One of the hardest things for most GOJHL players is making the transition from being a rookie to that of being a sophomore who plays almost every night. Such is the position that Leamington Flyers’ power forward Zach Gulbeault has this season.
And that’s fine with him.
The 18 year-old who calls Tecumseh, Ont. his home has three siblings – Savannah, Jocelyn and Anthony.
The rugged forward who doesn’t hesitate to use his 6’1″ 185 lbs. frame in contests may not be having as good a year offensively as he did as a rookie, but his physical effectiveness remains the same. This season he has played in 23 matches and collected three goals to go along with nine assists and 95 penalty minutes.
As for his schooling he said, “I’m attending the University of Windsor”, and when he’s not doing school work, practicing or playing wit the Flyers, he loves “playing golf.”
His aim for 2016 is “to score 50 goals” a mark that he will fall well short of, but perhaps if he sticks around with the Flyers for a third season (2016/17) there’s always the chance he could make that lofty dream come true.
His favourite NHL player and role model is “Detroit’s Pavel Datysyuk”, which is an interesting choice for such a physical player as himself, and his sense of humour is found in favourite movie “American Pie.”
His career path? He plans on becoming a doctor and added with a laugh, “Making money!”
In the meantime his GOJHL competition may be wise not to chuckle when he’s on the ice because Zach shows his seriousness about the game throughout every minute of action when he is playing.
The Leamington Flyers and GOJHL wish him well in whatever path he takes in the future and we’re sure that his hard-work ethic will allow him to achieve his ultimate goals.
(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography, Strathroy Rockets facebook)
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.