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Bonavista forward joins Powell River Kings

Nick Abbott playing with the Powell River Kings Junior A team.
Nick Abbott playing with the Powell River Kings Junior A team.

POWELL RIVER, B.C. — While British Columbia is about as far away from home in Canada as you can get for 17-year-old Bonavista hockey player Nick Abbott, he says he’s already pretty used to playing abroad — having been featured on the ice away from home since he was 14. 

Abbott has begun the season with the squad all the way across the country.

Abbott told The Packet he’s settling in with his new team and surroundings, including a new province and school to attend.

Over the course of his hockey career he left Newfoundland to play hockey in Cornwall, Ont. for the past three years. Prior to leaving he was part of the regional TriPen Osprey team in Eastern N.L.

After spending a year in Ontario, heading into his eligibility year for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), he broke his wrist.

“That slowed me down,” said Abbott. “I only played 20 games so I didn’t get drafted. But that kind of lit a fire under me.”

Early in the next season he got in touch with a school in the United States. After a recruiting process, he was offered a full scholarship in a couple years to play for the NCAA division-one Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He’s committed for the 2020-21 season.

Now, he’s continuing to play hockey for the B.C. Hockey League Junior A team, the Powell River Kings.

“I’m starting to get more comfortable with everyone else in the organization,” he says.

“My billet parents are good. School is tough but it’s good too. My teachers are nice,” he adds.

This past weekend, the Kings won two games on the road in dominant fashion—beating Nanaimo 9-1, and Cowichan Valley 9-7.

On Friday, Sept. 15, Abbott picked up his third assist over the first four games of the season to start his campaign with the Kings.

He says he’s getting his feet wet, getting more used to transitioning from midget to junior hockey.

He still thinks back to when he broke his wrist before the QMJHL draft and now knows that everything comes with time. While playing for Powell River and with a full scholarship to a top school on the horizon, he’s pretty excited.

“I battled some adversity and got over it. Everything happens for a reason.”

 

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons 

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