Model of consistency
MacArthur continues to put up impressive numbers in third season with Western Capitals
Two things clearly stand out when assessing Brodie MacArthur’s career with the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals: consistency and progression.
The 19-year-old Summerside native, who is in his third season with the Maritime Junior Hockey League team, has been a key offensive performer since joining the Caps as a midgetaged rookie for the 2016-17 season. He also has the special opportunity to now wear the jersey of the team he grew up watching.
“It’s pretty awesome (playing for the Caps),” said MacArthur. “When I was a kid I always came to these games with my buddies, and always wanted to be one of these guys. Now that it’s my third year here, it’s pretty awesome to look back and understand that.”
MacArthur joined the Capitals after two seasons with the Kensington Wild. In his second season with the Wild, MacArthur was named the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League’s most valuable player and a first-team all-star after recording a league-leading 60 points and 40 assists.
“I came in here my first year around 150 pounds or so,” said the now six-foot, 175pound MacArthur. “I was pretty small that year, and thought I got a little better over the year.
“I put some weight on over the summer, and this year I came in here with a little bit extra weight and strength, and it’s helped a bit.”
MacArthur, who deflected praise to his trainer, Morgan McNeill, for that goal, has been a model of consistency offensively. He averaged a point per game – 50 points in 50 regular-season contests – as he was named to the league’s all-rookie team for the 2016-17 season and had 89 points in 45 games in his sophomore season while being named a firstteam all-star in 2017-18. This year, MacArthur is off to another torrid start with 38 points in 21 contests. After starting the season on a line with T.J. Shea and Cameron Roberts, MacArthur has recently been playing with Kallum Muirhead and Calum MacPherson.
“I like to create some offence, and try to be responsible in the D zone and at the same time make plays for our team and try to make some things happen,” said the son of Rodney and Kim MacArthur, who is coming off a hattrick performance in a 7-1 win over Grand Rapids on Dec. 1.
MacArthur, a first-round pick of the Caps in the 2015 draft, puts a strong emphasis on the defensive side of the game as well.
“Overall, most of us have tried to play a bit better defensively,” said MacArthur, who is studying business at UPEI. “If we can do that, we are going to have a better chance of winning it all.
“This year, I am really focusing on that. Each game I want to make sure I’m playing a 200foot game, and everything else will come.”
Caps head coach Billy McGuigan said the key to MacArthur’s success is simple – hard work and a desire to continuously get better.
“To be honest, there is that level you get to as a player, and sometimes players don’t find that next gear,” said McGuigan. “But he seems to have found it here.
“Even looking at him in practices and games, his stride alone in his skating has improved over the last six months. His stride is a little more fluent, his skating patterns are a little more fluent, he’s covering the ice quicker and seems to have gained that step he was missing in the past.
“We talked about how he looked in practice last week, and then he goes out and has a three-goal night. A lot of that work comes with practising hard every day, and he’s certainly becoming a more rounded player. That’s a tribute to his hard work.”
MacArthur is also part of the team’s leadership group this season as an assistant captain. Although his play speaks volumes on the ice, McGuigan said MacArthur’s value to the franchise extends far beyond the ice surface.
“Brodie MacArthur means a great deal to our team,” said McGuigan. “Brodie is a highcharacter person, is a great kid, very respectful, great manners, comes from a great family and background and grew up here in Summerside.
“He is stereotypical of what we want a Summerside Capital to be – a kid that is respected in the community, a kid that holds himself with professionalism and comes to work each and every day and is a good teammate.”
Brodie MacArthur of Summerside is in his third season with the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League.