December 6, 2015
by Leanne Taylor
“Obviously it’s very exciting to be playing for the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. It’s a great organization and while playing for North Van minor I heard a lot about the team and now I’m just glad I can be a part of it. In the few short months of being with the ‘Pack I feel I have grown on and off the ice.”
Playing junior hockey so close to home is great benefit. An alumni from the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association, Bayley Tsumura (1998) has earned himself a roster spot and taken the leap into the Pacifc Junior Hockey League and onto a top playoff contending team.
It’s been a great experience for Bayley, and he says “It feels like I’m playing for something more. The Wolf Pack organization knows how to be and wants to be successful in fact you can feel it in the atmosphere when you enter the rink. I believe it’s this drive that makes the organization so special.” Bayley credits the coaching staff. “They are very good at what they do. They put all the pieces together to make this team what it is today.”
According to Coach Bayne Koen, Bayley was someone they had their eye on since spring camp, showing skill improvement over the summer months.
“As camp opened up he seemed to get stronger and stronger and has now evolved into a player we look to push the pace of the game with his relentless work ethic and passion to help the team in a role that he has been put into this season. He is a player that never takes his foot off the pedal in games and drives the other teams crazy with his-in-your-face style on the forecheck or his role on the penalty kill. He never gives up on pressuring the puck.
“He is also good in the corners and has the ability to change gears, get to the net, make plays and get pucks to the net. We look forward for him to keep doing these things and learning as the year goes on. Bayley is a team-first guy all the way and is willing to do whatever is asked from him. He has fit into the dressing room and the guys feed of his positive energy work ethic and are always there to help him with the day to day grind of junior hockey.”
Bayley says there are many differences when taking the leap from minor hockey into the PJHL.
“The ice first thing you notice is the speed at which the game is played. This means decisions are harder and need to be made much quicker. Also the size difference increases. Additionally in junior you see more roles taking place, you’re out there to do a job and you’re expected to do it properly; if you can’t do that job it’s not even playing time and you can expect that. Finally it’s just a completely different atmosphere; it’s more professional, yet more fun.”
Although Bayley is physically smaller and younger than the majority of players in the league, he has other great skills which puts him at an advantage.
“I like to utilize my speed on the ice. Being a younger player I’m eager to work hard. I’m not a big goal scorer but I try my best to create space and make good plays. I hope to contribute in as many ways possible. I think my hard work and skating can help continue to kill penalties for our team.”
His biggest inspiration is his father, Rob. “He started me on this journey and has been there every step of the way.”
Outside the rink Bayley likes a variety of sports. “In my free time I’m playing recreational or competitive soccer, basketball, and enjoy skiing which are often done in the presence of friends. If we’re not playing sports we like to just hang out and see what the day has in store.”
Bayley’s future aspirations are to continue playing hockey as long as possible and pursue an education. For now, he is looking forward to graduating from high school next June.
Current Standings (December 8, 2015)
Tom Shaw Conference:
|North Vancouver Wolf Pack||27||19||7||0||1||39||131||84||+47||0.722||W4|
|Delta Ice Hawks||27||13||10||1||3||30||99||107||-8||0.556||W1|
|Port Moody Panthers||26||5||19||1||1||12||62||98||-36||0.231||L3|
Harold Brittain Conference:
|Mission City Outlaws||28||20||7||0||1||41||133||80||+53||0.732||L2|
|Ridge Meadows Flames||25||10||11||1||3||24||91||107||-16||0.480||L3|