By Sam Laskaris
M’CHIGEENG FIRST NATION— Kohyn Eshkawkogan is wanting ahead to a change of surroundings.
Eshkawkogan, a member of M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, spent the previous hockey season toiling with the Sudbury-based Nickel Metropolis Sons’ Beneath-14 AAA squad.
As for the approaching 12 months, Eshkawkogan is shifting along with his household to Mississauga.
The 5-foot-7, 125-pound defenceman will play for the Mississauga-based Reps Hockey Membership, with its Beneath-15 AAA staff. He’ll additionally start his highschool research at The Hill Academy, a specialised impartial faculty that permits college students to obtain elite sports activities coaching whereas persevering with their teachers.
“The first cause for the transfer is to get him one other calibre of schooling that he can’t rise up north,” stated Kohyn’s father Kevin, including he’s not criticizing the extent of schooling in northern Ontario however merely stating excessive faculties that concentrate on elite athletes should not obtainable. “And on the hockey entrance, he’s going to be uncovered to a number of the finest hockey gamers in North America.”
The Reps take part within the Better Toronto Hockey League, believed to be the most important youth hockey circuit on this planet.
Eshkawkogan’s coach this coming season with the Reps might be Sylvain Cloutier, a former Nationwide Hockey League (NHL) participant.
Ideally, Eshkawkogan has two seasons of minor hockey remaining. After that, he’s hoping to be drafted and go on to play within the Ontario Hockey League, a Main Junior loop that options gamers aged 16-21 and is taken into account one of many high feeder methods for the NHL.
Kevin Eshkawkogan believes his household’s transfer to southern Ontario can solely profit his son’s improvement.
“He’s positioning himself to be a great candidate to be an OHL draft decide,” he stated.
The younger teen stated he’s additionally wanting ahead to the transfer.
“I’m enthusiastic about this coming 12 months,” he stated.
He added he’s hoping to proceed taking part in the game at elite ranges.
“I wish to take it so far as I can,” he stated.
And sure, that features the will to make it to the professionals.
Kohyn stated he doesn’t at present have a favorite NHL staff. However there are a pair of professional defencemen that he’s keen on. They’re Cale Makar, a member of this 12 months’s Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalance, and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I like Cale’s offensive talents and Victor has many defensive talents,” Kohyn Eshkawkogan stated.
Although his 2021-22 marketing campaign along with his Nickel Metropolis squad wrapped up a couple of months in the past, the younger Eshkawkogan has stored himself busy competing in varied tournaments.
One of many occasions he took half in was a global tourney within the Czech Republic. He performed for a staff known as Draftday North America.
His membership ended up advancing to the quarter-finals of the Czech event.
He additionally suited up for Draftday North America at an occasion in Nashville, Tennessee.
The younger blue-liner additionally represented a Northern Ontario membership which gained a event in Toronto towards different elite regional golf equipment.
He’ll additionally participate in one other event in Toronto, which is scheduled from July 7-10. After which he’ll gear up for an occasion in Brantford, operating Aug. 19-21.