Gawdin adapt­ing to pro­fes­sional hockey

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Af­ter spend­ing five years with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos, Glenn Gawdin is adapt­ing to pro­fes­sional hockey south of the bor­der.

The for­mer Bronco cap­tain is cur­rently play­ing for the Stock­ton Heat in the Amer­i­can Hockey League af­ter sign­ing with the Cal­gary Flames last sea­son.

Gawdin, 21, has six goals, six as­sists, and 22 penalty min­utes in 25 games with the Heat, who are cur­rently fourth in the Pa­cific Divi­sion with a 12-12-1-0 record.

Af­ter spend­ing five full sea­sons with the Bron­cos, the Rich­mond, BC na­tive said the of­fice ad­just­ments have been as im­por­tant as the on-ice changes.

“It’s been pretty good. A lot of the guys here have been pretty help­ful, get­ting set up with hous­ing and all that kind of stuff that you didn’t have to go through in ju­nior and be­ing set up with a bil­let. It’s just ev­ery­day things like tak­ing care of your body and be­ing ready to play ev­ery night.”

The 6’1’’, 190 pound cen­tre scored his first pro­fes­sional goal on Oc­to­ber 6 dur­ing a 6-5 over­time loss to the On­tario Reign. He beat Peter Bu­daj for a first pe­riod goal to give the Heat a 3-1 lead.

“I think it was my sec­ond game, so I didn’t have to wait too long to get it out of the way and you can kind of just play af­ter that, not think­ing too much about hav­ing to score. It was a spe­cial mo­ment and I got to do it at home, so that was nice.”

Gawdin has al­ready played against for­mer team­mates Jon Martin, Stu­art Skin­ner, and Tuc­son Road­run­ners Lane Ped­er­son, Mat­teo Gen­naro, and Tyler Steen­ber­gen.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent ob­vi­ously, es­pe­cially Steener. I’ve been play­ing with him for four years, so to go against him is weird. He’s a good player and those are the kind of games that you cir­cle on the cal­en­dar that you know you’re go­ing to play them. You know you’ve got to be ready to go be­cause they are go­ing to want to go af­ter you as hard as you’re go­ing to go af­ter them. They are fun. They’re good play­ers and be­ing able to see them af­ter the game and be­fore, it’s fun to rem­i­nisce about our times in ju­nior. Ob­vi­ously once we are on the ice it’s a dif­fer­ent story, but it’s al­ways fun play­ing those guys.”

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