Dawson Haines possesses all the tools that make him an impact player at the Bantam Tier 1 level.
Haines, 14, a Grade 9 student at Quamichan Middle School, started playing hockey at four years old.
He’s now in his second year of bantam, having played rep ever since he was first eligible, and is enjoying the spotlight of the provincial championships currently under way at Cowichan Arena with the host and island representative Capitals.
Haines scored the team’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to North Shore Winter Club to open the tournament Sunday with a shorthanded effort that banked in off the crossbar.
“I’d say I’m more the one that skates down and grinds it out, gets the puck and more of the playmaker type,’’ said Haines in a self-analysis.
“I think partway through the season he’s really taken off and been a really strong power forward, took the puck to the net and just done the things a big body player needs to do,’’ said Caps’ coach Derek Topping.
Scouts are taking notice of Haines’ abilities but decisions about his future in the game aren’t being made just yet.
“Wherever I go, I’m happy — as long as I’m playing hockey,’’ he said.