Rockets’ defenceman Dustin Watt is adjusting well to the KIJHL.

Rockets profile: defenceman Dustin Watt

Rockets' rookie defenceman Dustin Watt is continuing to transition well into junior B hockey.

Rockets’ defenceman Dustin Watt was credited with a goal in the team’s 3-2 loss against the Sicamous Eagles on Nov. 9. It officially went down as his first career KIJHL goal, but as it turns out, it wasn’t quite how it seemed.

“Actually it wasn’t even me that scored. I wasn’t even on the ice,” he laughed.

Despite not scoring a legitimate goal, Watt is settling into the league nicely, but still has some areas to improve on as well.

“I think I’m doing alight,” he said. “Still got some things to improve on but I’m coming along day by day,”

Overall, it’s been a smooth transition to Junior B hockey for Watt, but the step up to the KIJHL hasn’t come without its set of challenges as well.

“Players are a lot stronger and a lot smarter, but as far as pace goes it seems about the same,” he said.

Watt, who has no relation to Rockets’ centre Tanner Watt, said that he prefers to play a simple, yet effective brand of hockey from the back end.

“[My game] is pretty defensive, not too much offence in my game. I just try and do the simple plays and stuff,” he said.

The Kamloops native doesn’t have any specific areas of his game that he’d like to improve, he just wants to become a better overall hockey player and help the team out as much as he can. He said it helps him out having veteran defencemen like Brett DeFrias and Michael Anderson to look up to and guide him along.

There’s one other goal that Watt would certainly like to accomplish.

“I’d like to score a goal,” he said, smiling. “A real goal.”

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