He is one of six players on the Soo Jr. Greyhounds who have passed the 20-point plateau through 25 games of Great North Midget Hockey League play.
And not only does third-year forward Michael Chaffay lead the Jr. Greyhounds in goals with 21, his number of tallies are the most in the eight-team Great North.
A personable youngster who opted to return to his hometown major midget team in the Great North this season in favour of opportunities to move up to the Jr. A level, the 5-foot-10 Chaffay is averaging just under a goal per game in league play.
Chaffay, who has a 2002 birth date, has netted his 21 goals despite having played in only 22 of the Jr. Greyhounds 25 games within the Great North.
“It is nice to be scoring the goals and I take pride in that but it is even better to be part of such a good team where all of the players, whether they were born in ’02, 03, or ’04, get along and contribute to our success,” relayed Chaffay, while appearing on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show, which airs weekly on Sault Ste. Marie radio station ESPN 1400.
The Jr. Greyhounds currently sit atop the Great North standings with 40 points from a record of 19-4-2. The Soo is five points ahead of the second-place Kapuskasing Flyers, who have a record of 17-5-1 and hold two games in hand on the Jr. Greyhounds.
“There are a lot of good teams in our league this season but I think we can win it all,” said Chaffay, with a smile. “We have a great coaching staff led by Hendo (head coach Jamie Henderson) and we play really well together as a team.”
Describing himself as a power forward, Chaffay said he has worked hard to improve his overall game in this, his third season in the Great North.
“I hope to move up and play junior next season but right now my focus is on this team and trying to achieve our goal of winning the league championship,” Chaffay added.
The Jr. Greyhounds are off from Great North play until February 1. They play their next five games on the road before returning home for a February 14 match against Kapuskasing.
Meanwhile, as noted, Chaffay is one of six Soo forwards who have passed the 20-point mark in league play this season.
Devin Mauro leads the Jr. Greyhounds points chart with 17 goals, 23 assists, 40 points. Then it is Ethan Esposito with 16 goals, 18 assists, 34 points followed by Chaffay at 21-8-29, Gavin Ritacco with 10-13-23 totals, Dylan Forsyth with 10-12-22 numbers and Ty Zachary with 3-18-21 statistics.