At 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, Landon Deforge is not what one might call a big kid. But the 2003 birth year forward certainly plays a big role for the Timmins Majors of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
“Landon has been a horse for us this season,” Timmins head coach Brandon Perry said of Deforge. “He is a player who always puts the team’s best interests ahead of his own.”
While Deforge leads the Majors in scoring with 12 goals, 24 assists, 36 points in 33 league games, those impressive numbers do not begin to tell the whole story, Perry told Hockey News North.
“Landon is having a productive season but he plays so many minutes in all situations for us that it sometimes takes away from his personal statistics,” Perry pointed out.
Besides having the skill and speed that he shows on the ice, Deforge is also a character kid and an exceptional high school student.
“He is an incredible young man, one of, if not the, best students we have on our team,” Perry noted. “On the ice, he plays with so much speed in his game and attacks the middle of the ice so well and creates a lot of space for his line-mates.
“I am very excited to see what he accomplishes in the future and it has been an absolute pleasure coaching him,” Perry added in further praise of Deforge, while noting that he feels the fast-skating forward with all around ability has the potential to play in the Ontario Hockey League or the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League.
Besides having had a Major impact with the Timmins midgets over last season and this one, Deforge has also suited up for games with the hometown Timmins Rock of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
And Corey Beer, who is the head coach of the powerhouse NOJHL Rock, has plenty good to say about Deforge.
“As an affiliate player Landon has done everything we have asked of him these past two seasons,” Beer said of Deforge. “He has come in and gotten experience last season as a 15 year old against a top end Soo Thunderbirds team, and this year at age 16, he has been more of an impact player when we have called on him.
“It helps that (coach) Brandon Perry with the Majors uses a lot of the same systems and tactics we do, which makes the transition for players that much easier to jump up,” Beer told Hockey News North.
“You can see Landon knowing when to drive fast-paced transition, or when to reload and make himself a low option. His skill set with offensive flare and speed is a great match for us. And then you add in the tenacious spirit, he has which makes him the special player he is.
“He is a great kid and has been a very nice fit in our lineup when we have called him up,” Beer added in further praise of Deforge.
The Majors, with a record of 14-16-3, are home for a pair of Great North matches this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at noon when the North Bay Trappers visit McIntyre Arena.