Kyle Garcia The Golden Rockets

Kyle Garcia The Golden Rockets

From the Golden State to Golden

A U.S. born hockey player makes his mark in Canada.

The sand of Newport Beach in California may be a long ways away for Golden Rockets centre Kyle Garcia but it was a love for hockey that brought  him to The Great White North.

Garcia is now a third year veteran with the Rockets, and would not have it any other way.

After an attempt to play for another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) team three years ago, Garcia was given the chance to play for the Rockets, and has never looked back.

“The hockey is the key. I have tried in other places but things have always worked out here. I like the team and the players, so it makes sense,” Garcia said.

It was at a young age Garcia took to the ice with many other players in his home town.

“My dad was really into hockey and so I started skating when I was four. There are a lot of hockey players in Southern California,” Garcia said.

As for the current season Garcia is hoping to use his experience to help the team.

“I wanted to be a leader on the team. I hope to perform in the clutch. I wanted to not only score points, but also be solid defensively,” Garcia said.

Overall he has been very impressed with the way the Rockets are coming together this season.

“I like the team better this year than last year. I think we are going to be really good. We have solid goaltending, and the rookies we have picked up are great. I think we are set to take the next step. We were really young last year and this year we have more experience to be ready for a deep playoff run.”

He went on to explain that the best part of the team right now is that he knows he can talk or hang out with anyone of his fellow players.

As for the future Garcia has some lofty goals after his last season in the KIJHL ends.

“I want to play in college. I hope to go into aerospace engineering while also getting my pilot’s license,” Garcia said.