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Alumni Spotlight: Nick Chyzowski, Thompson Blazers

Friday, December 18, 2015
 
Name:
Nick Chyzowski
Hometown:
Kamloops, BC
MML Team:
Thompson Blazers, 2012-2013
WHL Team:
Kamloops Blazers, 2013-Present
 

 
Not many players get to play Junior hockey in their hometown, but Nick Chyzowski is doing just that. The Kamloops native grew up playing for the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association before joining the Major Midget League’s (MML) Thompson Blazers at the age of 15. After just one (1) season with the Thompson Blazers, he made the jump to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kamloops Blazers, who selected him in the second round of the 2012 WHL Draft.
 
Hockey talent runs in the Chyzowski family; younger brother Ryan (a 2015 first round WHL draft pick) currently plays on the Thompson Blazers and their father Dave played more than 1,000 professional hockey games in the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and International Hockey League (IHL).
 
In his lone season with the Thompson Blazers, Chyzowski left a lasting impression. He put up 27 points (19 goals, 8 assists) in 39 games, winning Player of the Month honours in January 2013 and earning an All-Star Game selection.
 
Tyler Forsythe, Thompson Blazers Head Coach for the 2012-2013 season, described Nick as a hard-working hockey player whose contribution to the team wasn’t measured solely on goals and assists. “Despite Nick’s age he proved to be the leader everyone turned to on our team.  What I remember most about him was that he was a born leader and a natural motivator. He commanded respect from his teammates and exhibited maturity beyond his years.” 
 
Looking back on his time with the Thompson Blazers, Chyzowski commented, “It sure helped prepare me for playing in the WHL.  The MML is a great development league for helping a player prepare for the WHL, especially considering I played against some very good players like Matthew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds , 2015 NHL first round draft pick)), Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars, 2015 NHL first round draft pick) and Brad Morrison (Prince George Cougars, 2015 NHL fourth round draft pick).”
 
“I also enjoyed playing for Tyler Forsythe, he is a good coach and always got the most out of us.  It was nice to play in my hometown because I was able to stay in the same high school with my friends. Looking back on it I really enjoyed playing for the Thompson Blazers and think it helped me get where I am today.”
 
Today, Chyzowski is in the middle of his third season with the Kamloops Blazers, and already has a career-high 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists) to start the season. The Blazers are currently seventh in the WHL’s western conference with a 15-16-0 record.
 
The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.
 
For more information about the BC Hockey Major Midget League, please visit the League website at www.bcmml.net, follow along on social media at twitter.com/bchockey_mml, or email us at midgethockey@bchockey.net.


 
 

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