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HOCKEY'S FUTURE: Q & A with WHL prospect Boyd Gordon

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Regina, Saskatchewan native Boyd Gordon is standing tall. It isn't his height that makes him that way, because at exactly six feet he doesn't tower over anyone. Gordon, a member of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League, is fourth in points for his team this season. Under coach Brent Sutter, Gordon has made a place for himself near the top of the roster in Red Deer. Winning the Memorial Cup in Red Deer last year, Gordon is in his third season with the WHL and is looking forward to being in the 2002 NHL draft. Hockey's Future What hockey characteristics do you feel you bring to the team? Boyd Gordon My work ethic and I try to use my speed to create offense on the ice.
NAME: Boyd Gordon
TEAM: Red Deer Rebels
POSITION: Right wing
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-foot/186 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
BIRTHDATE/PLACE: 10-19-83/Regina, Saskatchewan
DRAFT STATUS: Eligible for 2002 NHL Entry Draft
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Hockey's Future What is your greatest accomplishment so far? BG Defiantly winning the Memorial Cup last year. A dream come true winning it at home (in Red Deer). It was a perfect season. I don't know how much better it can get than that. Hockey's Future Are you living up to your expectations for the season? BG Maybe it is a little bit more. I've played pretty solid overall, I just have to keep improving and if I can do that it is more beneficial to the team. Hockey's Future Where do you see the Rebels at the end of the regular season? BG I think we'll be near the top, around the same spot as we are now. (Third overall, second in Central Division.) Hockey's Future Last year you gathered 39 points in 72 games. This year you have almost as many points already. Why? BG This year my goals have changed. I have more of an offensive role this year. Last year I was more of a checking player. I think as I progress with age my role has been changed along with it. Hockey's Future What have you been doing to improve? BG I went to a training program in Saskatoon this summer with a couple guys I know. I worked out hard and tried to be ready for the upcoming season. Hockey's Future Compare your play to someone in the NHL, a favorite player? BG Favorite player would have to be Jeremy Roenick or Tony Amonte, but I don't know if I play like them. They work hard and good things happen for them. Hockey's Future You are fourth in points on your team. How important is it that you keep it up? BG I'd really like to be near the top. It's fun to score goals and get points. Hockey's Future Growing up in Regina, to what or to whom do you owe success? BG My dad. He put the stick in my hands. He was my coach my whole minor hockey career. He really helped me along the way. Hockey's Future You are one of twelve Rebels eligible for the draft this year. How do you see that going for you? BG I really don't know how it will go. I've been trying to play really well and get (as many points as possible). I want to be able to put myself in good position for the draft coming up. Hockey's Future This is your third year in the WHL because you came in when you were 16. Do you feel it helped you entering the league earlier than most? BG Yes, Brent (Sutter, head coach) lets the younger guys play when they are 16 and I think that helped my progression. Getting playing time when I was 16 was definitely beneficial. Hockey's Future How do you feel about Brent Sutter and your coaching staff? BG He's a good coach. He knows what he is talking about. He has been through a lot. He has been a big help for me and a big help for our team and that is why we were successful last year, because of him. Hockey's Future Are you looking forward to the Home Hardware Top Prospects game at the end of January in Saskatoon? BG It is going to be exciting. I got to see the guys play last year in Calgary it was a great game. It is going to be a great experience. Definitely help out for the drafts. Hockey's Future What are your personal goals for the rest of the year? BG Try to finish first place in our division. If we can do that then we have home ice advantage. I think that is a big help for us and I think we have the guys in here to do it again. Aaron Dowding is a contributing writer covering the WHL and the Calgary Hitmen for Hockey's Future, the No. 1 on-line source for news on the minor leagues and hockey prospects.
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