A Look At: Flyers’ Veteran Mitchell Amante – by C. Scott Holland
When he first tried out for the Leamington Flyers, the Flyers coaching staff knew they had a player they could work with and help improve. It took some time to harness the emotions and elevate Amante’s skills, but the end result has been worth it.
The fifth year GOJHL veteran served as the team’s captain in 2014/15 and this year dons an “A” on his uniform. But most impressive about the development Amante has undergone is the complete transformation from a player who took far too many penalties to one who is among the GOJHL and West career leaders in many departments. Currently, he is the active GOJHL leader in shorthanded goals scored with 10 to his credit – three of those came in a single game against Chatham to set a league record for most by a player in one contest. Plus, on a night when he celebrated his 21st birthday (Jan. 14th), he notched his 10th shorthanded marker against the St. Thomas Stars.
Mitch, as he is known by his fellow teammates, is in the top 10 of many GOJHL categories but is number one in shorthanded goals (10) and game-winning goals (15). During his career, he has played in 170 games, scored 70 goals, assisted on 95 for a total of 166 points, plus has 252 penalty minutes. His high level of competition shows every minute he is on the ice and his leadership has guided many of the young, rookie Flyers this season.
His offensive abilities are among the best in the league and the West Conference, but he also enjoys golf as well as watching his favourite NHL player Sidney Crosby.
The 5′ 8″ right-handed shooter hails from Windsor and is attending St. Clair College.
He has one goal this season: to play every game.
Sometime in the future he says he plans on “becoming an engineer, getting a job and becoming successful.”
A “steak and potatoes” type of guy Mitchell Amante has remarkable determination and the GOJHL and Leamington Flyers are sure that whatever path he travels down, Mitch’s work ethic will lead to happiness and success.
(photo credit – Colleen Wiendels Photography – Strathroy Rockets facebook – Two tough customers collide. Amante tangles with Rocket Lucas Latina.)