This all-star defenceman has come a long way

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St. John's junior hockey league Jason Joyce lives and attend school in Gander, but plays in capital city league

Jason Joyce loves hockey and he doesn't care how far he has to go to get to a game. Up until recently, the 21-year-old from the Goulds, who is living and going to school in Gander, never missed a game with his Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers in the Co-Operators St. John's Junior Hockey League.

He's since had to give up playing Sunday games because it was too difficult making the three-hour drive back to Gander and then getting up for school at the College of North Atlantic the next morning

Jason Joyce

Jason Joyce loves hockey and he doesn't care how far he has to go to get to a game. Up until recently, the 21-year-old from the Goulds, who is living and going to school in Gander, never missed a game with his Southern Shore C&W Offshore Breakers in the Co-Operators St. John's Junior Hockey League.

He's since had to give up playing Sunday games because it was too difficult making the three-hour drive back to Gander and then getting up for school at the College of North Atlantic the next morning

The five-foot-10, 190-pound defenceman will miss school Friday because he's playing in tonight's all-star game at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay. Game time is 7 p.m.

"It's bit of fun, but it's a competitive game," said Joyce. " It's a good rivalry between the townies and the baymen," he added with a laugh.

He's also looking forward to playing in front of the big crowd the game is expected to attract in the new Torbay facility.

"It's my last (junior) all-star game, so I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

Because he is living in Gander, Joyce wasn't expecting to play hockey this season and didn't make up his mind until a few days before the junior season opened.

He said he feels proud to be team captain for the second straight year and because he's captain, he felt he should keep playing.

Picking his captain wasn't difficult, says Southern Shore coach Mike Glynn who was impressed with Joyce's willingness to travel from Gander to St. John's for as many games as possible.

"He's reliable guy. It shows an intense dedication," says Glynn. "That's why he's captain. He's that kind of young fella who believes it's all about the team. That's the way it his with him."

Glynn feels Joyce learned to be a good captain because of the former leaders he's played with. "Now he's a veteran. He's been around and he knows how it works."

Glynn noted Joyce is a defensive defenceman who doesn't score a lot of goals (he's got 10 assists in 20 games), but makes a big contribution.

"He's not a goal scorer, but he blocks shots and does a lot of other things like play a regular shift and works on the power play and penalty killing units. He does it all. He's shows a lot of leadership.

Joyce hasn't decided where he'll skate next season at the provincial senior level, but he said, ideally, he'd like to play for the senior Southern Shore Breakers, where he's already played one game this season.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: College of North Atlantic, Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Gander, St. John's, Torbay Southern Shore Breakers

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  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Congratulations Jason, Linda and Eddie. Its great to see you still in the game and making a success of it.

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Congratulations Jason, Linda and Eddie. Its great to see you still in the game and making a success of it.