Grayden Alexander has cracked a Junior A roster in his first year of eligibility. At just 16, Alexander, from Fort St. John, made the Storm out of training camp and has played in three of the team's five exhibition games.
"I'm really excited. I hope to get in the lineup as many games as I can. I might be scratched here and there, but I'll play the best I can and hopefully make a real impact," Alexander said.
The former Tracker wasn't expecting to be making the jump to Junior A right away.
"It was last minute. I was in Prince George with the Cariboo Cougars, when I got a text from (coach Mike Vandekamp) asking if I wanted to try out for the Storm. I did really well and that got me a spot," he said.
Vandekamp, himself from Fort St. John, also coached Grayden's dad David Alexander with the Huskies during the 1995-96 season.
Alexander has yet to record a point during his three exhibition games, but is adapting more to the junior game each time out.
"It's definitely a big jump for me, guys are 6 foot three instead of five foot eight. I hardly played last year at (U18), and now I'm at one of the highest levels I can play at. I've adapted well so far," he said.
Alexander played his bantam hockey with the U15 Trackers, before joining the Northeast BC and Yukon Trackers last year. However, due to the pandemic, he played just three games, recording one assist. Going from U15 to Junior A with barely any games played in between is quite the ask for anyone, but Alexander is up for the challenge.
"I'm super excited for this year. Going into it was hard at first not knowing what would happen, but being in Grande Prairie has been awesome so far and I'm looking forward to the season," he said.
The Storm open their regular season with two games in Drayton Valley this weekend against the Thunder, September 17 and 18.
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