He is small but he plays big. And his coach can’t say enough about his work ethic and compete level. He is forward Bradley Golant of the Hearst Lumberjacks of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Standing in at just five-foot-seven and weighing in at 170 pounds, Golant nonetheless plays like a giant, according to Lumberjacks coach and general manager Marc Lafleur.
“He is five feet, seven inches but he plays like he is seven feet, five inches,” Lafleur said of Golant, who has a 1998 birth date and is American born from the state of Minnesota.
“He has an incredible ability to come out of scrums with the puck and not only that, he is the hardest working player I have ever coached,” said Lafleur, a career coach of several seasons in the NOJHL who was also an assistant in the Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Versatility is a major strength of Golant’s, according to Lafleur.
“Bradley plays every situation for us … and he can play both center and wing,” Lafleur pointed out.
Smarts are also a part of Golant’s skilled game.
“His ability to grasp concepts are as good as they come,” Lafleur said of Golant.
Golant scored 21 goals, 14 assists, 35 points in 51 regular season games for Hearst in 2017-2018.
He then began the 2018-2019 season with the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League before opting to return to Hearst and the NOJHL.
Thus far this season with Hearst, Golant has 17 goals, 25 assists, 42 points in just 34 games and is third on the Lumberjacks scoring chart.
BEASTS OF THE EAST
Heading into tonight’s action, a mere five points separate the top four teams in the East Division of the NOJHL.
Cochrane Crunch is in first place with 62 points, followed by the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and Hearst Lumberjacks with 60 apiece and the Timmins Rock with 57.