Under normal circumstances, Prince Albert Riders will use Boulevard Terrell Goldsmith 2021 Western Hockey League pre-season to make a living at the big junior level.
However, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, he and several other first-round picks in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft took place on a regular basis last spring.
“It’s been a bit different for people like me, Dylan (Cookie) and Trey (Phuket) at the moment because we had more time to learn about the system during the pre-season than to throw it directly into the game. “It’s great to be back in the sport,” said Goldsmith.
“The biggest difference, though, is being a fan again. It sounds kind of weird, but it’s great that people are making us happy again, especially the fans of the raids here in Prince Albert.
Fort St. James is suitable for 14 games at the East Division Hub at the Brand Center in BC Product Regina, where he scored a pair of goals and won the Riders’ annual award.
“Honestly, moving to the WHL, I think, will be like I expected to compete against the big guys and play fast,” said Goldsmith.
“The overall pace of the game was probably the biggest eye-opener. You need to move the puck fast and make sure you’re playing your game.
Goldsmith was also assisted in his transfer to the league by over-age forward Justin Nachbauer and veteran Blueman Remy Akilon.
Goldsmith said that ‘Nacho’ was a really good guy and he was definitely very helpful in introducing all the boys to the team.
“Remy is a great man to watch on defense. He’s very smooth there and he’s a good player to learn.
Prior to joining the Raiders, Goldsmith played for Delta Hockey Academy and scored 19 points in 23 games during his draft season for the school’s Under-15 prep program in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
“I worked hard during my time and tried to listen to my coaches to get ready for WHL,” Goldsmith said.
“CSSHL is definitely a strong league, but WHL is very unrealistic, especially with all the great players in it.”
Although he is only 16 years old, the six-foot-213-pound Goldsmith is estimated to be a big piece of a Raiders Boulevard that returns everyone except one player (Graden Gotas) from last season’s lineup.
“This chemistry is great, especially for a little boy like me when I take part in his game and learn from the advice he gives me,” Goldsmith said.
“I think we’re going to be a tough team to play against, especially in defense when Gahle, Allen and Kosier are all back from their NHL camps.”
While Friday’s pre-season match at the Art House Center feels more like a WHL game than the Raiders’ Wild 8-6 win over Regina Pates last week, at the wrong end of a 4-2 decision against the host archives. Come forward Saskatoon blades.
“It was definitely a lot made there, but we still have a long way to go,” Goldsmith said.
“There’s still some work we need to do with our system and we need to do more on our passage, but I thought our offensive game and our game in the defensive zone was much better than before.”
Netflix Ron Geragette, acquired from Tri-City Americans earlier this week, made a great first impression with Readers fans when he made 29 saves.
His best stop in the opening frame was during the Five on Three Blade Power Play, when he stepped out to save Rocky Import forward Moritz Elias.
Kyle Kirnkovic had one goal and two assists to lead Blade, who now holds a 2-1 record in the exhibition game, while line-mate Brendan Lee scored one goal and assisted each.
Brendan Lesowski and Paul Bucharov also scored for the visitors, who got an 18-run save from Nolan Mayer.
Keaton Sorensen and Eric Pierce competed against the hosts.
The 1-2 riders will wrap up their pre-season slate at Warman on Saturday as they compete against Blade at the Legends Center at 7 p.m.
Their regular season schedule will begin next Friday night when the Pats arrive in town for the affair at 7 p.m.