Jock Talk with Joel Charron: Celebrate them when you get them

Not every kid is a goal scorer.

Not every kid is going to feel what it’s like to get that goal that puts his/her team up in the final minutes of the game.

Not every kid is going to have the soft hands to produce those dirty dangles and put the biscuit top cheddar.

Some kids aren’t meant to score.

Some kids are meant to pour their heart and soul into every shift they have.

Some kids work so hard on the ice that when and if they do find the back of the net the celebration is a long time coming.

Just ask Midget Major Stars defenseman Duncan Scott.

A few weeks ago, Scott recorded his first goal of the season in a game against Erie North Shore. Now it’s a little late in the season to pop in the first one of the year but Scott isn’t really known for his goal-scoring prowess.

The last time Scott lit the lamp was two years ago while playing Bantam Major hockey.

“I was in Grade 9 when I scored that goal. It was a long time along so I figure it’s about that time,” said Scott, who is now in Grade 11.

Scott joked that his teammates have been giving him a hard time about being the only player on the roster without a goal.

“I get it pretty hard but also poke fun at myself,” joked Scott. “I mean, really. Who doesn’t score for two years?”

Scott’s goal didn’t win the game for the Stars. It didn’t really have a huge impact on the game. The Stars were winning big and head coach Matt Fox thought this would be the best time to help Scott get a gino.

To help Scott get some shots, Fox moved the young defenseman to forward in the third period.

The puck got chipped to the Erie North Shore blue line, Brett Viodarchyk drove hard to the puck which drew the Southpoint defense to him, which left Scott wide open.

“He slipped it over to me and I went full speed up to about the right hash marks and blasted it,” said Scott. “I went top cheese.”

Not knowing when his next goal would come, Scott celebrated his goal like it was the last one on earth.

“It doesn’t matter the type of game or the score when he scored,” said Fox. “Everyone was pulling for him. This was a long time overdue. It’s really gratifying to see the jubilation to come out of a kid like that.”

Scott’s long celebration in a blowout game irked the Erie North Shore sqaud.

“I wasn’t showing up anyone,” said Scott. “I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone. It was my first goal in two years, I was just excited and got carried away but I don’t regret it.”

After the game Scott couldn’t wait to tell his older brother Cameron, who scored the game-winning goal in the OMHA finals last year against Stouffville.

“I went right home and told my brother about it,” he said. “I even called him on the way home and told him I had something to tell him.”

The goal hasn’t gone to Scott’s head. He understands his role on the team and goal scoring isn’t it.

“Goal scoring is not my role on the team,” stated Scott. “I’m here for other things. Scoring goal is not my job, I do produce chances but finishing isn’t my thing.”

Scott jokes that his next goal will come in another two years, however there is one more thing Scott would like more than a goal under his name and that’s a championship ring on his finger.

 

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