Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Returning Faces: Jake LeBrun

     Jake LeBrun scored a goal in the first game he ever played with the Prince George Spruce Kings. It was just a one game stint, but he certainly made the most of it. Fast forward three years, and LeBrun is now entering his fourth full year in the BCHL. After wearing an 'A' on his chest last year, he will be counted on to be a leader this year, and may even be wearing a different letter this time around. Not only is LeBrun a hard hitting power forward that likes creating room for his team mates, but he's also a home town Prince George talent. Having played his major midget career for the Cariboo Cougars, he's stuck with his hometown, and in an interview expressed how excited he is to play for the team in his fourth BCHL season. 

What's it like playing for your home town team?
It’s cool because everyone knows who you are, lots of the local hockey fans have watched you grow up playing bantam, and major midget. Then to be on the Spruce Kings now it’s cool everybody knows who you are and just being out in the community and people coming out to talk to you about being at the mall, or fans will come up to you can talk about the season, or all kinds of different things and I think that’s really cool. 

What do you like best about Prince George?
Definitely the outdoor stuff. You can drive fifteen minutes anyway and get to a lake so you can go swimming, fishing, or camping. I also like that there are just two completely different seasons. You can go from being eight degrees and cold and raining one day, to sunny and thirty degrees the next day. Where in the winter it can be minus 30 or two degrees.

What are your expectations for this season? 
Obviously I’m hoping to be a leader on the team, try to be a guy that everyone can look up to, and just do everything I can to help the team win and make it into the playoffs, and then see where we can go from there.

How did it feel beating Langley in the playoffs last season? 
We had such a big rivalry with Langley all year, and with my three years Langley has always been a team that we’ve been rivals with, and it was really nice to beat them in playoffs. They were pretty cocky about it too going in, and we were the underdog so it was pretty nice to beat them, and obviously winning the first series in a long time was great.

(Side Story from the interview about injuries during the playoffs last year)
I remember one time McCaskill was on the ice for like the first seven minutes of the third period. I just kept looking back and McCaskill was always on the ice. I was like “has he gotten off yet?” and he kept taking drinks out of the goalies water bottle every whistle, and stayed out there. 

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