The recruits from the Canadian province of Alberta continue to roll in for the Kalkaska Rhinos.
Today, the Rhinos announced the signing of steady defenseman Darwin Ward for the 2017-18 USPHL season.
Last season, Ward played junior hockey for the Onion Lake Border Chiefs in the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League and was recommended to the Rhinos by former Kalkaska standout Keegan Pruden.
“I am looking forward to growing as an individual and a hockey player,” said Ward. “I also want to create new friends and learn new things while playing hockey in a different country. I think it will be a great learning experience to live on my own. It will show me many things and tools in life.”
Ward explained that he has been playing the game he loves longer than he can remember.
“Hockey was introduced to me when I was about four and ever since then, I was skating on an outdoor rink and then eventually being able to play in a league, so I’ve been playing for around 14-plus years,” said Ward.
Now on the cusp of arriving in Kalkaska, Ward noted that he’ll bring a unique skill set to the Rhinos.
“I think I’m a more of a stay-at-home defenseman with an aggressive edge,” Ward said. “I can also be a speedy and explosive player. Short-term goals throughout the season are to better my playing style and to work on the little things that will eventually add up to help fill in the blank spaces in my game.
“My long-term goals would be to push for playing college hockey in the U.S. and to hopefully make a career out of hockey, and to also become a paramedic.”
Source: Kalkaska Rhinos