Medicine Hat, AB — Rookie forward Jaxon Steele has been hard at work this summer, hoping to return in the fall for his sophomore season faster and stronger.
The 19-year-old Calgary native picked up 5 points (2G, 3A) in 48 games which he will hope to build off this upcoming season. Below he reflects back on his rookie season while sharing what he has been up to this summer.
Q. What is your favourite memory from this past season with the Tigers?
My favourite memories from the past season were probably my first goal in Regina as well as the second USA road trip because I think our team really came together. We played some really good teams and got seven out of eight points on the trip. The Skills Competition was also a lot of fun.
Q. Were there any veteran players that you looked up to this season, that might have helped you develop your game? If so, who and why?
I looked up to James Hamblin and Tyler Preziuso. They’re both really hard workers and care a lot about being a Tiger. Prez is really outgoing, always has confidence in himself and he is fun to be around. Jimmy is more of a quiet leader but does all of the little things right and he can be trusted in any situation.
Q. Thinking back to training camp, what is the one thing you think you have improved the most during this past season and what are you focusing on improving for this upcoming season?
I’ve improved my skating a lot over the past year and I am working to continue to improve my foot speed and leg power even more so I will be faster and stronger on the ice. I’ve worked really hard in the gym this past season as well as this summer to make those improvements for next season.
Q. What is your training regime like in the summertime?
In the summer I train six days a week at Crash Conditioning in Calgary with the Wednesday workout being more focused on yoga and conditioning. I started skating again in July, two to three times a week and beginning in August, I will be skating three to four times a week. I also did power skating all summer, usually once a week.
Q. Do you play any summer sports?
I don’t play anything competitively but I love to play golf, wake surf and go play basketball with Garin Bjorklund and a few of my buddies.
Q. Do you have plans for summer vacation?
I went away to Montana for July long to my Uncle’s cabin and I just got back from a week in Kelowna with my family.
Q. What is the best part of being home?
The best part of being home is seeing all of my family and friends that I don’t get to see as much during the season.
Q. What do you miss the most from Medicine Hat?
I miss going to the rink every day and hanging out with all my teammates. I also miss playing games at the Canalta Centre.
Q. What are you looking forward to the most for this upcoming season?
I think we’re going to have a really good team this year so I’m super excited to get things going again. I’m really excited to be coached by Willie, he brings a lot of experience with him after his time in the NHL and with the Olympic team. I’m a year older so I will be more comfortable and confident this year.
Steele and the Tigers will be back on the ice late August for training camp. Season tickets for the 50th anniversary season are on sale now.