Back in August when a large number of players made their first appearance at Moose Jaw Warriors training camp, several caught the eye of management, coaches, scouts, and fans. One young man in particular made such an impact that he left Moose Jaw with a signed WHL contract.
Not a lot was known about 16 year old Colton McCarthy, who explains how he ended up in the Friendly City. “I didn’t get drafted but I went to under 16 camp and made BC Cup, and kept working hard,” he said. “I was born here (in Moose Jaw), the Warriors kept phoning and I finally decided to come (to camp). I enjoy it here and it was a great decision.”
“Everything about Moose Jaw was fantastic,” he added. “The rink, the coaches, the players, the fans, the atmosphere. I like it here.”
McCarthy calls Salmon Arm, BC home and is currently playing with the Nelson Leafs in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. In 18 games this season, he leads the Leafs in goals with 15, his two game winning goals and two shorthanded goals are a team high, and he’s second in team scoring with 23 points.
“I have lots of speed, my hands are decent, I work hard and like to get in the corners and keep the cycle going,” McCarthy said when explaining his style. The 6’0” 176lbs teenager also commented on the areas that he’d like improved on through the course of the season. “Making harder passes; keeping my head up; and keeping the speed going all the time.”
Last week the Moose Jaw Warriors travelled throughout the Central Division for three games, before they left they called McCarthy and asked him to join them. “There was a big smile on my face, I was so excited,” was his first reaction. “It was a great opportunity and I had lots of fun.”
“He showed that he’s got a nose for the net. His skating is a little unorthodox but he gets around the ice well and finds a lot of loose pucks,” said Warriors Head Coach Mike Stothers. “He’s a thicker kid for 16 years of age, and shows that he has a lot of potential.”
McCarthy played in games against Calgary (Wed), Medicine Hat (Fri), Kootenay (Sat), and Lethbridge (Mon), he didn’t record a point but he logged a lot of ice time with some of the team’s top forwards including Justin Kirsch, Jordan Messier, and Brayden Point.
McCarthy flew back home after Monday’s game against Lethbridge and is expected back in the Leafs lineup Tuesday when they head on the road to take on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.