A Look At: St. Catharines Defenseman Justin Felker – by C. Scott Holland
Improvement and development are key factors of every player in the GOHL but St. Catharines Falcons’ defenseman, Justin Felker, has not only excelled in those two areas but has become an integral part of the Falcons’ success.
The 19 year-old St. Catharines native, who is a lofty 6′ 3″ and 185 lbs., is one of the best two-way defensemen in the GOJHL. He is currently attending Brock University while also playing for St. Catharines and he says, “To do both I take morning classes.” When he’s not busy with school work or practicing his hockey skills, he enjoys working out and playing volleyball. With his height, he should be a natural at the net, but he has shown he’s an effective defenseman.
The sophomore has doubled his career points this season. He has appeared in 42 games and rifled 9 goals, four of which have come on powerplays and added 11 assists along with 42 penalty minutes. He is tied for 10th in career goals scored of all active GOJHL players.
His NHL role model is “Shea Weber,” he said, “Because he’s a solid two-way player.” Obviously Justin has been taking notes on how Weber plays the game.
There is no doubt about his favourite arena in which to play. Felker stated, “Jack Gatecliff because I grew up playing in it.” However, the one place he feels is the hardest in which to play is “Fort Erie” which he claims, “It’s too big.”
At the top of his career highlights he singles out one moment. “My OHL debut with the London Knights.”
He has also played 41 games over two seasons for the OHL Erie Otters.
When he analyzes his own game, he sees himself as adding “solid defensive work and simple plays” to the way the Falcons play. Yet he realizes that some aspects of his game need to be fine-tuned by “adding strength and honing my offensive ability.”
With one more season of Jr. B eligibility left, Justin already has set his career goal. “I would like to work as a sports chiropractor.”
The GOJHL and the Falcons wish him success wherever he goes and all he does and his contributions to the Falcons will be a lifetime memory.
(photo credit – Dan Hickling)