Future look – Jetlan Houcher

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.

Check out his numbers at eliteprospects.

Jetlan Houcher (left) and Ambrose Firkus celebrate a Bobcats goal. Photo courtesy Rod Oracheski - starnews.ca

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.”

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