Stephens looking forward to challenge with Crushers

Christopher Cameron
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Addition of Whitehorse native strengthens top six

David Stephens, a native of Whitehorse, was recently acquired by the Pictou County Weeks Crushers from the Prince George Spruce Kings. Stephens is a 20-year-old forward that will add depth to the Crushers top six according to head coach Jason Malone.

NEW GLASGOW – Looking to add more depth up front for the 2013-14 season the Weeks Junior A Crushers believe 20-year-old David Stephens will be a key piece to the puzzle as they make a run at a championship.

Stephens, of Whitehorse, played with the Edmonton Oil Kings organization for two years in the WHL before joining the Moncton Wildcats last season. His season hit a bump in the road after only 12 games when he suffered a knee injury.

Although he didn’t return to Moncton he ended up playing 17 games with the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL notching three goals and 11 points. After his season finished he wasn’t 100 per cent sure where he would play this season until he talked with former Wildcats teammate Mitchell Deruelle.

“Mitch and I just got talking about it,” said Stephens. “I gave the head coach (Jason Malone) a call and worked it out. They called the general manger from where I played last year and worked out a deal.

“Mitch has said it’s a great organization, great team and that they’re really looking to do something this year so I’m excited.”

Coming to the Crushers in his final year of junior hockey Stephens hopes to bring leadership both on and off the ice. He said he’s an offensive player, specifically a playmaker.

“We couldn’t be happier to acquire a player of David’s calibre,” said Malone. “He plays the game with an edge, but also possesses a tremendous skill set and will provide us with some great depth in our top six.”

Aside from Deruelle playing a role in his decision to play with the Crushers for the season, Stephens’ brother Ted plays with the St. FX X-Men. Stephens said although his time playing in the east last season was limited due to his injury, and that he enjoys being closer to home out west, that having his brother close helped in his final decision.

“Out east I didn’t play much because I blew my knee out so I didn’t get to experience it too much, but being out west is nice cause I’m closer to home,” he said. “This year it will definitely be nice out east with my brother being at St. FX. He’s said it’s nice out there and said it’s a great place to be. I’ll get to visit him from time to time and will possibly take a few courses at St. FX as well.”

This summer Stephens said he’s been training hard and hopes to be in the best shape he’s been going into a season come September.

“I’d just like to help them win a championship by contributing the best I can. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

 

christopher.cameron@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Wildcats, Weeks Junior A Crushers, Edmonton Oil Kings organization

Geographic location: Whitehorse, NEW GLASGOW, Moncton

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