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Hard work will get you somewhere. Ty Brant is proof of that.
Brant, 12, a student at Alex Aitken School, puts his head down and aims to win battles along the boards and in front of the net every game to provide a key contribution to the success of the Cowichan Valley Peewee Tier 1 Capitals’ hockey team.
“I like to work hard,’’ said the Caps’ defenceman. “That’s all I need to do is work hard and achieve goals. I’m working on puck control and that stuff.’’
The fruits of Brant’s labours and the benefits to the team are obvious to coach Brett Hopwo.
“His dedication to the game to get better, it’s second to none,’’ he said.
“Ty’s been a warrior for us all year and I’m really proud of him actually. He’s strong both ends of the puck. He’s just intense and he’s great to have on the team.’’
Brant has already put a lot of time into his hockey development, starting at six years old.
The importance of conditioning came to light for him during the Island final series against Nanaimo.
“I think it was the team effort,’’ he said. “We’re well-conditioned and we had better legs than them so we had more of a jump on them.’’