Cor­son Green ho­nours his fa­ther’s ho­ckey spi­rit

Vision (Canada) - - Sports - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

RO­CK­LAND | Cor­son Green is de­ve­lo­ping in­to the kind of po­wer-play threat that ho­ckey coaches dream of ha­ving on their ros­ter.

The six-foot-one softs­po­ken na­tive of Pots­dam in up­per-state New York is most of­ten left de­fence when he’s on the ice. But not al­ways.

“Right side on the po­wer play,” he said. “I have a pret­ty good one-ti­mer.”

In ho­ckey slang, that means he is ve­ry good at grab­bing a pass for a fast shot to score. Al­most like he was using a la­ser to guide the puck in­to the net for a goal.

Be­fore co­ming up north to at­tend the Ca­na­dian In­ter­na­tio­nal Ho­ckey Aca­de­my (CI­HA), the 15-year-old de­fen­ce­man used to play for the St. La­wrence Thun­der, ba­sed in Mas­se­na, about a half hour’s drive north of his home town. It’s a good team and the ho­ckey scene in St. La­wrence Coun­ty where Pots­dam and Mas­se­na are lo­ca­ted is fine. But when he got the chance to en­roll at CI­HA, he was rea­dy to pack his ho­ckey bag and head across the bor­der.

“It’s a lot bet­ter ho­ckey up here in Ca­na­da than what I was playing in Pots­dam,” he said. “Up here it’s a lot more skilled.”

Green is car­rying on the spi­rit of his fa­ther through his ho­ckey stu­dies. His dad used to play for­ward for Clark­son Uni­ver­si­ty’s di­vi­sion one team in the col­le­giate league.

“I have some pret­ty good roots in ho­ckey,” Green said. “I al­ways used to skate with him at a young age. He taught me him­self to skate and all the other skills you need in ho­ckey.”

At one point du­ring the se­nior Green’s own ho­ckey ad­ven­tures, he got an NHL draft call in the mid-1980s from the Win­ni­peg Jets but there was no fol­low-up in­vi­ta­tion to the club’s tryouts camp. His son may be able to car­ry the fa­mi­ly name in­to the NHL ranks, with a lit­tle more skills shar­pe­ning cour­te­sy of the CI­HA.

“Being on the ice here eve­ry day, and in the gym eve­ry day, it’s what a ho­ckey player can dream of,” Green said. “I’ve got­ten fas­ter and smar­ter with the puck.”

Un­like maybe some of his fel­low CI­HA class­mates, Green felt right at home du­ring the recent cold snap in Ro­ck­land. Al­most like being back across the bor­der in Pots­dam.

“Pret­ty much the same wea­ther,” he said. “Maybe a lit­tle col­der up here.”

While he pur­sues his class­room stu­dies and per­fects his skills on the ice du­ring scrim­mages and games for the CI­HA Voya­geurs, Green keeps his goals in mind for the days that fol­low af­ter he gra­duates from the aca­de­my. First step is get­ting a draft call from the On­ta­rio Ho­ckey League.

“Then take it from there,” he said. “Maybe get some col­lege (ho­ckey) ex­po­sure.”

Maybe, if the puck luck plays his way, there will be a Green on the next Team USA at the Win­ter Olym­pics.

“It’d be a dream to put on my coun­try’s swea­ter,” he said. “The NHL would be co­ol too.”

Pho­to CI­HA

Cor­son Green is put­ting his time to good use at the Ca­na­dian In­ter­na­tio­nal Ho­ckey Aca­de­my. When not in class at his stu­dies, he spends as much time as he can ei­ther on the rink or in the gym.

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