Kyle Salaway is making the most out of his last year in junior A hockey.
The 20-year-old forward is enjoying a career year in the MJHL averaging nearly a point per game, while sitting third on the Oil Caps in scoring (as of Feb. 20). For Salaway, it’s all about confidence, he says.
“This year I’ve taken on a bigger role and with more opportunity I’ve been able to find some chemistry with some guys,” he said. “We’ve been able to do some good things on the ice.”
The Meyers Norris Penny Oil Caps player of the month for November has spent the majority of his time on a line with Jeran Knorr and the chemistry gained on the ice has helped him progress as a player.
“Obviously being on the ice and knowing where each other are and each other’s tendencies, it makes it a lot easier out there.”
This is Salaway’s third season in Virden with the Oil Caps. He says it’s an organization and town he’s grown fond of since he first arrived.
“It’s a tight-knit community. The fans support us no matter where we go. People are always talking about the Oil Caps. It’s nice. I love being here.”
He had nothing but great things to say about his billets Doug and Teresa Heritage as both have helped him become acclimated to the Virden community.
“I don’t think you can get better billets than this – they really make me feel at home here. They made the transition coming to Virden so much easier.”
Av avid golfer in the summer, Salaway says he plans on going to school and hopefully play university hockey after this season.
“I’m keeping my options open. Not leaning any way as of right now.”