Prior to travelling to Yarmouth for the 2012 MHL Entry Draft, the Weeks Junior A Crushers have selected two local players as their Territorial picks. Forward Mark Vokey from Stellarton and forward Cody Johnston of Pictou both played this past season for the Weeks Major Midgets of the NSMMHL.
Vokey, a 5’8, 165lbs skilled playmaker, finished last season with 21 points in 35 games.
“This wasn’t expected at all, it’s a great opportunity for me because I want to play junior hockey in the future,” said Vokey. “Knowing they were looking at me and want to work to help me move forward in my hockey career is great and hopefully I’ll be able to improve by being involved with the program in whatever way.”
At 6’0, 180lbs, Johnston is power forward that finished last season with 15 points in 31 games.
“I’m really excited, I don’t really know how to act right now,” said Johnston. “Jason sent me a message today and asked if you we could meet at the rink Wednesday and we talked and he messaged me today saying they had selected.”
“I have to work on a few things with my game, but I’ve just got to keep pushing forward and hope for the best and hopefully I’ll be on the bench with the Crushers before you know it.”
Both players are products of Pictou County Minor Hockey and played for the Scotsburn Major Bantams prior to joining the Weeks Major Midgets. Crushers head coach Jason Malone likes what he sees in both Vokey and Johnston.
“Mark has good speed and sees the ice well, he can play at both ends of the rink. Cody is a big power forward, he’s physical and has touch around the net.”
Both players are expected to return to the Weeks Major Midgets for another year of development.
“They will attend our training camp in August and get a taste of the junior level” says Malone. “They both should have big years in midget and if we can get them into a game or two during the season, we will.”
“It’s important for our organization to promote our local players and have them in our lineup.”
Vokey and Johnston now join fellow Weeks Major Midgets Darryl Wheadon and recent Weeks Major Midget grad Steven MacNeill as local players that will look to earn spots in the Crushers line up this season. If they are successful, they will join Garret Holmes, Corey Bennett and Daniel MacLeod as locals playing for their hometown team.