In his second year with the Golden Rockets Brandon Shirley already sees a very different team taking to the ice.
“There are fewer rookies and I think we have a better team. We may have weaknesses but they are in areas where we can work on,” Shirley said.
“Experience is important. They know our power plays and penalty kill systems.”
The player from Salmon Arm said he spent the summer training hard and preparing for the season.
“I definitely know what to expect in the game play and speed,” he said. “I have been looking forward to getting the season going this year,” he said.
As for the goals of the team Shirley thinks everyone is expecting more from the Rockets this year.
“I think our goals are higher. This is Ty’s third year coaching and he is expecting more from the team,” he said.
This year Shirley is hoping to double his point total from last season, and maybe even more if things go well.
“I want to win the Eddie Mountain division and hopefully the whole KIJHL.”
As for coming back to Golden the returning player stressed how much he enjoys the area.
“I like Golden. I like Ty as a coach. I like being here with the guys who are nice to be around and the locals are friendly.”