BY ZACHARY CORMIER
Garrett Glasman is looking to make his final year with the Blackfalds Wranglers one to remember.
Despite a slow start to the season, both for him and his team, the 20-year-old forward seems to have found his scoring touch again as he looks to help his team make a triumphant return to the Heritage Junior Hockey League Final this season.
“I honestly think that our team, with all of the players that we have, we can all come together and if everyone buys in I think we could make the finals, for sure, and win it,” said Glasman, who is currently in his fourth and final year with the Wranglers.
“I haven’t really thought about it that much but I kind of know in the back of my head that this could possibly even be my last year of competitive hockey.”
Throughout his Jr. B career, the Lacombe resident has been a key part of the Wranglers’ offense.
“I kind of think my role is scoring points for us. I’d like to be in the top two or three and at least in the top 20 of the league for points. I don’t really worry too much about the personal side of things,” Glasman said.
While he may not pay much attention to his personal stats, Glasman has consistently delivered for the Blackfalds squad.
In his first full season with the team, Glasman mustered 17 goals and seven assists for 24 points to finish in the top 10 in team scoring as the team went all the way to a provincial championship.
The very next year, 2014-15, Glasman teamed up with line mates Robin Carlson and Wally Samson to create one of the most potent forward lines in HJHL history.
Between them, the three combined to score 225 points in 38 games, with 69 of those coming off of Glasman’s stick.
That scoring explosion helped the Wranglers go all the way to the HJHL final before losing out to the Coaldale Copperheads.
But the line’s incredible scoring touch all came to a screeching halt at the beginning of last season when both Glasman and Carlson were sidelined with long-term injuries within the first week.
“I broke my fibula and tore my ligaments, as well. Ligaments are three to six months recovery and I had to get surgery. That happened all in the first game of the season,” Glasman recalled of the injury, which forced him to miss the entire regular season and the team’s first playoff series as well.
Now that he’s back on the ice, though, the Russell, Man. product is looking to make an impact.
“It feels awesome. All last year I was on crutches, like the whole season and that sucked. It just made me want to play. So this year I’m really excited,” he said, adding that while he kind of stumbled out of the gates this year, he’s beginning to find his groove.
“I had kind of a slow start, but lately it’s been really picking up.”
In fact, as of Tuesday afternoon, Glasman led his team with an 8-13-21 scoring line and has been producing at a 1.4 points per game pace.
The Red Deer College commerce student said he doesn’t really care too much about personal accolades, but noted that it would be really nice to go out on top.
“If we could win a championship that would be an awesome way to end it.”