It's been a very long time since the Grande Prairie Storm have had representation at the top of the Alberta Junior Hockey League scoring race, but this year has been especially unique as they currently have five players in the top 10! Twenty-year-old forward, and December CJHL player of the month Justin Bernier, currently leads the AJHL in points with 24 go
als and 34 assists in 39 games.
Twenty-year-old forward Edouard Michaud currently sits in third with 25 goals and 23 assists in only 32 games.
Third year Storm veteran Dallas Comeau sits fifth in AJHL scoring with 15 goals and 33 assists in 40 games.
Current AJHL player of the week Connor Blake, who’s been on a tear lately, is tied for seventh spot with 21 goals and 23 assists in 40 games.
Last, but not least, holding steady in 10th place in AJHL scoring is 2001 born University of Vermont commit Zackary Okabe with 14 goals and 29 assists in 38 games played.
The Storm haven’t been known for their scoring prowess over the last few years with their highest goal output coming last season with 146 goals in 60 regular season games. The 2017-18 version of the Storm has already lit the lamp 151 times in only 40 regular season games which is good for second most in the North Division behind only the Spruce Grove Saints.
“We are very excited for the success these guys are having,” said Storm head coach/assistant GM Matt Keillor. “Team success will breed individual success. The great thing about these players is they are incredibly humble about the situation and are creating a competitive environment where guys want to go out and be the next to score.
“We are happy with our team's 'play with the puck' but as a coaching staff we also know the importance of our 'play without the puck'. We have to put the same value on both aspects of the game if we want to make the next step.”
They will be working on that next step with games in Fort McMurray and Spruce Grove this weekend and then return home for their first home action of 2018 Friday, Jan. 19 against the Calgary Mustangs.