This week we turn our focus on one of the newest members of the Newsome Wolves and the Underclassmen Elite Development Program, Ricky Bonebreak. Coaches and players across the league are quickly finding that if his name doesn't strike fear into your heart, his impressive skating ability and tenacity is guaranteed to.
I had the opportunity to speak with Ricky after an EDP practice at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum where I got to know him a little better. It turns out the ice he was just on is where it all started.
“I started hockey after getting interested in the sport after seeing the Lightning play a few times with my family. I started Learn to Skate in Brandon and played Rec here for four years before going on to play for the Bulls and Scorpions travel organizations. Outside of the LHSHL I’m currently playing for the U14AA Bulls and this season marks 7 years of playing hockey.”
Looking to illustrate the person that wears number 50 for the blue and white rather than the player, I asked him what he does outside of the sport.
“I play basketball when I can. It’s a good way to cross-train. I also enjoy playing chess every now and then.”
Keeping his mind sharp seems to be a priority for Ricky because when he told me his goals for the next four years school came first.
“I want to make sure I always keep A’s and B’s on my report card and to volunteer more in the community. I’d like to dual enroll at HCC and start working towards college as soon as possible. As for hockey, I want to win a state championship with the Bulls and get Newsome back into the playoffs. In the next four years, I want to win a State Championship with Newsome.”
Joining a new league and hopping on a new team as one of the youngest kids in the locker room can be an intimidating thing. I asked Ricky what his thoughts were as we’re almost halfway through the season. "Newsome is a great team top to bottom. The coaches help me out with advice on how to improve my game and the locker room is relaxed in a way that we can always have a laugh before a game. The LHSHL is a lot different from what I’m used to. One thing new is playing with a lot older and stronger players. High school hockey is a lot more physical than travel and can be faster paced as well.”
I asked him if he had any advice to other first year players in the league and he said this, “Play your game, but make changes if it’s not working. Instead of trying to dangle the last guy, make the pass to your winger, or drop it back to your defenseman.”
In the next four years Ricky has a lot of work to do, but he knows exactly where he wants to be.
“When I’m a senior looking back on this article I want to make sure I volunteered in my community, Newsome won that state championship, and I’m well on my way to playing juniors or college hockey. I want to play hockey till I can’t anymore. When that time comes I think I’ll study to become a defense attorney. My dream is to play Division 1 Hockey though so maybe those can go hand in hand.”
To finish off the article Ricky wanted to share a message of gratitude to some of those around him.
“Thank you to my Newsome coaches for taking a risk and selecting me to varsity as a freshman. Thank you to Coach Kuba and Tommy G to selecting me for the underclassmen Elite Development Program. Thank you to my family for pushing me, and I look forward to trying to do as well as my two older sisters who graduated from Newsome and went to college.”