A Look At: Sarnia Legionnaires’ Ethan Dupont – by C. Scott Holland

No matter what league or team a player finds himself being a part of, it’s always a difficult transition as a rookie. Sarnia Legionnaires’ forward Ethan Dupont is one such rookie who has found himself adjusting to life at a higher level of hockey.

The 17 year-old Mooretown Flags (Great Lakes Jr. C) grad is finding it tough juggling his high school work from St. Patrick’s High School with his Legionnaires’ practices and game schedule. He admits, “I haven’t adjusted to it.”

But when he isn’t doing one or the other, he is active in “cross fit.”

The 6′ right winger who weighs 175 lbs. has appeared in 33 games for Sarnia and while his offensive numbers of three goals and seven assists may not be great, his tenacity has certainly shown. He has 67 penalty minutes due to his hard work and gritty play.

His NHL idol is “Montreal Canadiens’ right-winger Brendan Gallagher”, whom he says is, “a tough, smaller guy who works hard.”

He loves playing in Sarnia’s Brock St. Arena “because of the atmosphere with our fans and the small ice surface makes the game more physical and intense.”

But he also detests “playing in Strathroy’s WMMC. It’s old and run down and the ice surface is way too small.”

Of all his career highlights, he singles out, :Being drafted by the Sudbury Wolves in the 12th round of the 2014 Priority Draft a memorable one.”

He feels he has a number of assets which helps the Legionnaires. “I block shots, have a heavy shot and I work hard as well as being strong on the puck in the corners.”

On how he can improve his game, he says, “My skill with the puck and learning how to finish my chances.” With an experienced hockey mentor like Mark Davis, Ethan will surely be receiving tips on how that facet of his game can develop better.

Looking ahead to the future Ethan has a strong desire to be playing hockey somewhere at a higher level but if not he claims, “I’d like to be a policeman or an electrician.”

Those are a couple of pretty diverse options and if all goes well for the young GOJHL player he’ll easily fit into one of those professions. In the meantime, the Legionnaires and GOJHL hopes he’ll keep working on his game and offer him best wishes for future success.

(photo credit – in action at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre in Strathroy on January 16, 2015, Colleen Wiendels Photography, Strathroy Rockets’ facebook)

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