The Warriors have announced another player set to come to Westside from the Lloydminster Midget ‘AAA’ Bobcats.
Jetlan Houcher is a good-sized winger who put up 61 points in 32 games last year in the AMHL. He is another 18 year-old with experience playing as an ‘AP’ in the AJHL.
I spoke to Jetlan for another quick prospect Q&A on Monday…
Zacks: Do I understand you and Ambrose Firkus are friends?
Jetlan Houcher: “Yup, we’ve played together for the last 4 or 5 years. I also know Tyler Briggs, and played with him in first-year midget.”
JZ: Did that contribute to your decision to come to Westside?
JH: “Not really, it’s nice knowing people, but it wasn’t my main decision factor”
JZ: So, why else?
JH: “I really wanted to play in the BC league. And I felt that Westside was the best program for me. And they have lots of returning guys so they should be pretty good this year.”
JZ: You played three years of Midget ‘AAA’ hockey with the Bobcats – how have you seen your game develop over that span?
JH: “Playing a little bit of junior last year in particular I got a lot more comfortable. I know what I’m getting into, and I know the differences in the game between midget and junior. As well, playing with guys like Ambrose (Firkus) helped develop my hockey sense and my speed.”
JZ: What are your goals as a hockey player?
JH: “I think, the same as every other Canadian hockey player, I want to make it to the NHL. I’d like to get a scholarship to the NCAA and hopefully make it to the NHL from there.”
JZ: You’ve played for winning teams in Lloyd, and also as an ‘AP’ with Spruce Grove (AJHL). What do you think is the biggest factor in making a team a winning team?
JH: “Hard work and being close as a team – wanting to battle for each other and wanting to be there every day”
JZ: Describe your game.
JH: “I think I’m labelled as a goal scorer – I guess that’s my game. I think I read the game pretty well and I try to make plays in the right spot at the right time.”