A 16-year old Kimberley native hopes a breakout season in midget will translate into a successful junior career.
Braiden Koran leads the East Kootenay ICE Avalanche Midget Tier I team in points (13) this season which has caught the eye of the Kimberley Dynamiters.
Koran says getting a chance to play for his hometown junior team has been a dream come true.
“It’s been a great experience.” says Koran. “The coaching staff, the players, everyone’s great there. I love when I get called up to practices and games.”
Koran has put on the Nitros jersey eight times this season and scored his first goal in September against Beaver Valley.
The young forward says he’s working hard to crack the roster full-time next year.
“If I can play junior hockey in my hometown next year when I’m graduating that would be great.” explains Koran. “I’d like to move up to Junior A after that.”
The ICE Avalanche midget team, which Koran captains, has been getting help in practice from Kootenay ICE Head Coach James Patrick every now and then.
Koran says you can take a lot away from seasoned NHL veterans like Patrick.
“He brings some great points on what to do to make it to the next level.” says Koran. “He just seems like a great coach overall.”
The EK ICE Avalanche close thier regular season this upcoming weekend hosting the Okanagan South Zone team at the Kimberley Civic Centre Saturday and Sunday.
Koran currently has nine KIJHL games under his belt, but the young kid from Kimberley hopes all his experiences this season will give him a shot at a long junior career.
– Braiden Koran, East Kootenay ICE Avalanche captain