Thursday, 01 September 2011 10:49

Heatherington an important piece to the Broncos’ puzzle

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Dillon Heatherington is feeling confident during his second training camp with the Swift Current Broncos. Taking notes from coach Mark Lamb, he wants to try and secure a spot on the roster.

Heatherington, a 16-year-old defenceman from Calgary, was scouted for both his size and skating ability. At 6'0”, 155 lbs, Lamb said Heatherington has the ability to be physical, is a strong skater, and takes directions well.

“He's played his position well,” said Lamb. “Before, he would try and take the puck and do a lot by himself and as you get to this level you've got to use your partner a lot more. He's a real coachable kid. We can see the results on the ice. He's a big kid that can skate and he's got to be physical, which he can be and which he's doing.”

Heatherington came to the Broncos from the Calgary AAA Midget Flames, where he had 11 assists in 31 games in the 2010-2011 season.

He said making this year's Bronco roster is a major goal for his hockey career, and for his development as a player.

“I think my skating and my puck movement will benefit the team, and the power play and the penalty kill I'll be able to contribute,” Heatherington said during training camp.

Heatherington’s skill stood out even as a Peewee: when he was 12 he was selected to take part in an International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) skills competition in Quebec.

Heatherington remembers competing against players from around the world, from New Zealand to Japan, and said the experience was an eye-opener. Though he didn’t make the competition’s final round, Heatherington was pleased with his performance there.

As for his current hockey goals, Heatherington said he wants to join the Broncos so that he can help the team to successful year. He said although the team missed last year’s playoffs, the team started out well before being beset by injuries, and he believes there is much to build on this season.

He’s excited at the chance to join not only the Broncos, but the community as well.

“I love it here in Swift Current,” he said. “... I love the people here, love the town. There’s no traffic or anything, and everyone knows you which is great.”

Lamb said Heatherington’s love of hockey is another important aspect of his game.

“He has a passion for the game and that's what drew us to him, he was a highly-touted prospect that a lot of teams were looking at.”

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