A Look At: St. Catharines Falcons’ Tyler Hildebrandt – by C. Scott Holland
A veteran of three GOJHL campaigns, all with the St. Catharines Falcons, Tyler Hildebrandt is proud to be member of his hometown hockey team.
The 19-year-old, 6′ 3″ forward has been having his best year with the Falcons. In 35 games he’s posted 13 goals and assisted on 22 for 35 points and sits third in team scoring.
During his three years with the club he has amassed 10 powerplay goals and six game-winners.
The 200 lbs. forward is presently attending Niagara College and when he’s not doing his school work or practicing with the Falcons, he works out to keep his body in tip top shape. Adjusting to hockey has been easy for him since he has morning classes.
Tyler cites Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane as his favourite NHLer and says, “He’s skilled with good vision.”
He loves playing at Fort Erie because of “its big ice surface” but hates Welland’s arena which he claims has “sandpaper ice.”
Hildebrandt feels he has two major assets which help the Falcons – “speed and strength.”
But just as those two attributes aid the club he knows he has work to improve his game. “I could be more consistent,” he says. He’ll still eligible next year and perhaps that he can not only improve his offensive numbers but can be a leader with a steady output.
Looking down the road he has his eyes set on becoming a chiropractor.
The GOJHL and his teammates wish him all the best as he moves forward in his life and with his hockey career.
(photo credit – Tyler Hildebrant (91) of the St. Catharines Falcons and Jake DeMaeyer of the Pelham Panthers fight for the puck in first period at the Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines on Friday – Julie Jocsak /St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency)
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.