He may be the youngest player on the team with an A on his sweater, but forward Bryden Marsh with the Golden Rockets is no newcomer to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
“I knew Ty beforehand, he’s from Salmon Arm. He was my in to get here,” said Salmon Arm native Marsh who was invited to come tryout for last season by Rockets’ head coach Ty Davidson.
The 6 foot 2 17-year-old tallied 20 points in his rookie season last year, having played in 47 games. He has already matched that number this year after only 33 games.
“I think I’m just an energy player, there for hitting and secondary scoring, that kind of thing,” said Marsh of his role on the Rockets this season. The player relies on his puck handling and passing skills, and is working hard to improve his foot speed, shooting and scoring.
Growing up a Canucks fan, Marsh looked up to players like Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden.
“I’ve been here for two years now, so I’m hoping to maybe move on next year, either the BCHL or WHL,” said Marsh. “And I’m graduating from high school this year. I really do like playing in Golden though, it’s a really good town.”
The team has less than a month to go before the end of the season, and Marsh shares the same hopes as the rest of his team for playoffs.
“Hopefully we make it past the first round, it’s been a long time since this team has done it. And I think we can do it,” said Marsh of his team, which has admittedly been struggling as of late.
“We just need to want it more, and it doesn’t seem like we do at times. And we can definitely do it, we just need to want it.”