Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Youngest Raider hoping to impress at Future Stars event
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Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 10 Jan 2007, p. 16


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Of the 80-or-so players suiting up for Wednesday night's OHA Provincial Jr. A Hockey League's Future Stars Games at Georgetown's Alcott Arena, one of the host team's representatives may have something a little more to prove than most of the teenage participants. Sixteen-year-old defenceman Spencer Metcalfe was captain of the Oakville Minor Midget AAA Rangers last season in his first year of eligibility for the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, but leg injuries made for a mostly miserable campaign for the Grade 11 St. Thomas Aquinas student as he went undrafted. But after returning to full fitness last summer while attending star NHL blueliner Adam Foote's hockey school in Whitby, Metcalfe impressed the Raiders' braintrust enough to be signed on as the only a couple of 1990s out there, club's youngest skater, and he so I just want to do my best and hasn't looked out of place playing hopefully get noticed." up on the wing, notching three Four teams of mostly undraftgoals and six assists so far in ed 16- and 17-year-olds will play 2006-07 in 32 games. in two games on Wednesday, "I injured one knee, and then with the North facing the East there was a little incident where I division at 6:30 p.m., followed was hit by a car during a snowby the South versus West at 8:30 storm and got a bad contusion p.m. It's the first time that from it last November," said the Georgetown has hosted the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Oakville resFuture Stars event and several ident, who also had appendix and hundred tickets at $9 each have hernia problems. "It happened just before already been sold. The NHL's Central all of the big tournaments that the scouts Scouting Bureau, major junior clubs and are watching and when I came back, I was several U.S. and Canadian post-secondary skating with braces on both my knees and schools will have scouts in attendance. it was like Forrest Gump with the clicking Metcalfe will play defence for Team noises and everything. But I had a really West Division and two other Raiders will good summer and got back to being better take part as well. Steady defender Adamo than I was before I got hurt. (The Future Miceli of Woodbridge is on the East squad Stars Game) should be fun and there are and big winger Spencer Janes has been assigned to the North side. Both players are 17-year-olds who played with the Toronto AAA Jr. Canadiens' Midgets last year. Metcalfe, whose father Bill was drafted by Kingston of the OHL and had a tryout with the WHA's Houston Aeros, hasn't decided on a career path as yet but definitely wants to keep playing competitively for as long as possible. He has also been working with Aurora Tigers' head coach and former Chicago Blackhawk Jerome Dupont to improve his game. "Improving my confidence is my main goal right now," Metcalfe added. "The coaches in Georgetown have helped me out a lot, just letting me know not to hesitate with the puck and to try to slow things down when you need to."


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Maher, Eamonn
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Newspaper
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Date of Publication:
10 Jan 2007
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Metcalfe, Spencer
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Halton.News.218752
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English
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Youngest Raider hoping to impress at Future Stars event