New this season, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is highlighting upcoming and current MJHL Prospects from each minor hockey association that supports an MJHL organization along with Brandon and Thompson.
The players chosen are all exceptional kids both on-and-off the ice and all have bright futures in the game of hockey.
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Manitoba Young Guns Series Player Profile – Zak Smith
Zak is a first-year midget player who is having a great season with the Central Plains Capitals and is a prospect for the Neepawa Natives. He currently sits eleventh in Manitoba AAA Midget League Scoring with 13 goals, 22 assists for 35 points in 32 games.
Hometown: Austin, Manitoba
Team: Central Plains AAA Midget Capitals
What kind of player are you? I hope people would describe me as having a strong work ethic, a playmaker who plays hard at both ends of the ice and in the corners. I’m big so I am able to stand in front of the net and screen goalies on the Power Play
Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy hunting and waterskiing
Achievements (sport and/or academically): Honour Student
What are your hockey goals for the future? I want to play the highest level of hockey possible
Central Plains Capitals Head Coach Brad Gnidziejko on Smith: Zak is a first-year midget player who plays like a veteran. He is reliable, hard-working and is a very coachable player who loves the game and comes ready to play every night. Zak has a great shot and speed and prides himself on being a complete 200-foot hockey player
Neepawa Natives General Manager Myles Cathcart on Smith: Zak is a skilled forward that plays in both ends of the rink. He has great vision on the ice and anticipates plays. He has character on and off the ice and will develop into an impact player within the MJHL