Muskie goalie Adrian Indian, in just his first full season playing hockey at the high school level, will be featured as the player of the month for January on the Internet’s Native Player web site.
For Indian, an Ojibway who has played his entire minor hockey career here in Fort Frances, this will be an excellent opportunity to get exposure from college level coaches.
Last month’s profile featured Steven Wagner, the starting goalie for the University of Denver.
While Indian admitted he would be interested in attending a U.S. college some day to play hockey, his enthusiasm was rather low-key yesterday when asked about his thoughts on being profiled on the Internet.
“It’s pretty good exposure and publicity, I guess,” he said.
But while Indian stressed he didn’t have any specific goals heading into his first season, the 16-year-old did admit he’s been pleased with it so far.
“I wasn’t really sure how I’d do [in my first year]. I just wanted to go out there and try my best and see what happens," noted Indian, a 5’11”, 160-pounder who played the last two seasons for the BoMacs Bantam ‘AA’ rep team here.
The Muskie coaching staff also has had nothing but high praise for their rookie goalie, who helped backstop the black-and-gold to a pair of road wins over the Sioux Lookout Warriors earlier this month.
“It’s crucial that with two rookie goalies that they both play well and they have for us, especially Adrian,” said assistant coach Jason Kabel.
“He’s very quick and if he lets in a soft goal, he still stays focused and that’s very important,” he added.
Indian now has a 3-2 record and a 3.60 goals against average in NorWOSSA play for the Muskies, who currently sit in third place with a 3-4 record.
He has allowed 18 goals on 134 shots for an .866 save percentage in five league games.