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Cody Drover recently finished up a two-year stint with the peewee AAA Western Kings. He was the only player from the southwest coast on the team.
Cody Drover recently finished up a two-year stint with the peewee AAA Western Kings. He was the only player from the southwest coast on the team.

For two years Cody Drover was the only player from the southwest coast on the roster of the peewee AAA Western Kings.

It meant a high level of dedication and commitment, not to mention travel, but Drover said he was looking for faster hockey and the AAA team offered that opportunity.
His father said it meant spending every weekend during the season on the road, either for a game or a practice in Corner Brook.
But Drover said it was worth it, not only to play at a higher level, but to learn from different coaches.
Drover said it was strange playing on a team where he was the only player from his hometown.
“I didn’t know anyone,” he said. But he added he got to know his teammates and enjoyed playing with them.
Being a member of the AAA team meant not being able to play at home with the players and coaches he’d grown up with in the Port aux Basques minor hockey system. He could practise and play in scrimmages at the Bruce II Sports Centre, but not participate in provincial tournaments.
Now that’s he done at the peewee level, Drover said he hasn’t decided if he’ll try out for the AAA bantam team next year.
But he’s still got some hockey to play this spring.
He’ll be travelling to Goulds on April 16 to represent the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association at the Performance of Excellence under-14 tryouts. He’ll also be travelling to Toronto in May with a travel team from Grand Falls-Windsor for a tournament.
Drover said he’d like to play high school hockey with the St. James Saints when the time comes.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

It meant a high level of dedication and commitment, not to mention travel, but Drover said he was looking for faster hockey and the AAA team offered that opportunity.
His father said it meant spending every weekend during the season on the road, either for a game or a practice in Corner Brook.
But Drover said it was worth it, not only to play at a higher level, but to learn from different coaches.
Drover said it was strange playing on a team where he was the only player from his hometown.
“I didn’t know anyone,” he said. But he added he got to know his teammates and enjoyed playing with them.
Being a member of the AAA team meant not being able to play at home with the players and coaches he’d grown up with in the Port aux Basques minor hockey system. He could practise and play in scrimmages at the Bruce II Sports Centre, but not participate in provincial tournaments.
Now that’s he done at the peewee level, Drover said he hasn’t decided if he’ll try out for the AAA bantam team next year.
But he’s still got some hockey to play this spring.
He’ll be travelling to Goulds on April 16 to represent the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association at the Performance of Excellence under-14 tryouts. He’ll also be travelling to Toronto in May with a travel team from Grand Falls-Windsor for a tournament.
Drover said he’d like to play high school hockey with the St. James Saints when the time comes.

bryan.tait@tc.tc

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