Headed for the big leagues

Brandon Casey taken 75th over­all by Ri­mouski Oceanic

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Brandon Casey taken 75th over­all by Ri­mouski Oceanic

Years of prac­tice paid off for Brandon Casey when he heard his name called in Shaw­ini­gan, Que­bec.

“It was prob­a­bly the best feel­ing I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced,” Brandon said. “It’s some­thing that’s hard to ex­plain. It was a re­ally good feel­ing, I was just so happy.”

Brandon was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League (QMJHL) en­try draft by Ri­mouski Oceanic on June 2. The 75th over­all pick, Brandon played at New­bridge Academy in Dart­mouth, Nova Scotia last sea­son. While he isn’t sure who’s jersey he’ll be wear­ing next sea­son, the Grade 10 de­fence­man is hop­ing to at­tend Oceanic’s train­ing camp in Au­gust.

“Hope­fully I can crack their lineup,” he said. “They’re a re­ally good or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Brandon re­al­ized hockey could be a pro­fes­sion for him af­ter his sec­ond year of Pee Wee mi­nor hockey.

“I won top de­fence­man on the is­land,” he said. “So I kind of thought, maybe I could keep push­ing with this. Once I hit Ban­tam, I re­peated it and won again. I felt like it could be some­thing more than just a hobby.”

Glenn Casey, Brandon’s fa­ther, coached his son in Grand Falls-Wind­sor be­fore he de­parted for Dart­mouth. Casey said from an early age he rec­og­nized the pas­sion and abil­ity his son pos­sessed.

“We just re­ally took it one year at a time,” he said. “My brother Brian played pro hockey for 10 years, so we had that ex­pe­ri­ence to rely on as well.”

Casey said his goal was to do what­ever he could to help Brandon’s devel­op­ment, and to pre­pare him to take the next step.

“To say I was proud, ab­so­lutely,” he said. “Proud is an un­der­state­ment to be hon­est with you. When his name got called, know­ing that he got drafted by Ri­mousky, which is a great or­ga­ni­za­tion, cer­tainly it was prob­a­bly the proud­est mo­ment of mine and his hockey career.”

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Brandon Casey with his rep­re­sen­ta­tives Bryan Dube and Marc Pur­don of OLP Sports.

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