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Prospects Games approaching: Constant ready

Sunday, December 05, 2010
TJ Constant: honoured to be selected

By Lorelei Leona

MJHL Web Correspondent


TJ Constant is among four MJHLers that were recently selected to join Team West in the CJHL Prospects games which are scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 7) and Wednesday (Dec. 8).


The OCN forward, who has notched 25 points in 26 games already this season, is a well rounded player and is sure to add some strength to the Team West roster.


“I was very surprised,” Constant says of his reaction upon hearing he had been selected, “I wasn’t too sure of myself on getting picked so I wasn’t expecting it at all.”


Also selected from the MJHL were Mitch VanTeeling of Dauphin, Shane Gingera of Winnipeg Saints and Jason Kasdorf of Portage Terriers.


Constant and the Blizzard, who currently sitting in third in the Sher-Wood division, have worked hard all season, and Constant says it is his hard work and the help of his linemates that have gotten him noticed.


“It’s been a big factor...I’ve worked hard all season so far. Plus, I’ve got two good linemates who are always on point, so they’re pretty big factors,” Constant says of his success so far this season.


The Prospects game draws out hundreds of people, including scouts and has the potential to open a lot of doors for its players. Constant, who has played in the WHL and is, therefore, not eligible for a scholarship, says that he will not let the pressure get to him and plans on giving it his best, despite not being able to receive a scholarship.


“Not at all to me,” he says of whether or not the stakes will add more pressure to perform well during the game.


“Every night I have pressure on me, so I’m just going to go out there and play my game. I’m going to treat it like it’s any other game, work hard, and do what I do best.”


The seventeen year old says he is excited to suit up for the two games in Dauphin and play with the top players in Canada, and plans to show Team West and their opponents what he is made of.


“I want to show my skills away from the puck...that I can play on open ice and am open for players to pass to me. Also, that I can play all over the ice and play a strong defensive game,” he says, “A few goals would be nice too.”


Luckily for Constant, OCN team mate Matt Krahn, who recently played in the World Junior A Challenge, was there to offer some advice.


“Be ready and show my stuff,” says Constant of Krahn’s advice, “oh, and to not be afraid to hit a few guys.”



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