Thursday, May 26, 2011

Prospect Feature Day 3

Feature Prospect
Brandon Potomak
2010 2nd Round 32nd overall pick

Brandon Potomak is part of The Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, which combines a very intense comprehensive hockey development program, a school with high academic excellence, participation in a very competitive minor hockey league, and an unparalleled training program for acquiring life skills and values. Potomak says the POE has helped to excel his hockey skills.  “I really like the program—it develops each player individually.  I have been there for two years and love it,” said Brandon.

Potomak is exposed to a lot more than just on-ice and off-ice sessions at the Program of Excellence. On a daily basis, every player, in addition to 2 hours on-ice and 1 hour of off-ice training, has a 1 hour skills session and 1 hour of Pursuit class.

Hockey players (age 12-17) from around the world go to Kelowna each September to spend 10 months participating in 1000 hours of hockey development training. Potomak played for the POE Midget Tier 1 team, scoring 22 goals and 24 assists in 41 games last season. 

The Aldergrove, BC native joined the tribe for the BC road trip, taking part in 6 regular season games along with a spot on the roster for 5 games of the 2011 playoffs.  Rob MacLachlan says Potomak has many characteristics that create a solid hockey player.  Brandon is a very fast skater—he is explosive and brings game time skills to the ice every night,” said MacLachlan.  Rob also spoke to Potomak’s ability to play ‘smart’ hockey. 

Sixteen year old Potomak believes the 11 games he spent in the WHL have taught him what he needs to play at the next level, “It was a phenomenal experience.  I know I will need to put on some weight, increase my speed and shot in order to get it to a WHL level,” he said. 

Brandon is planning to bring his A game in hopes of pushing for a roster spot on next year’s team, “I am hoping to show my play making ability and speed here in June,” said Potomak.

Brandon will be on ice June 3rd and 4th in Caronport at the June Prospect Camp, watch for ice times. 

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