The best player in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League is a small-town kid who is skating and starring for his home-town team.
Caleb Serre, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward with an off the charts hockey IQ, is leading the NOJHL in scoring as the star attraction for the Blind River Beavers.
As the homegrown speed merchant leads the NOJHL in scoring with 45 goals, 55 assists, 100 points in 49 games, Blind River is in a torrid battle with the arch-rival Rayside-Balfour Canadians for first place in the West Division of the NOJHL.
Serre, who has a 1999 birth date, is in his fourth full season with the Beavers.
During the 2016-2017 season, Serre began as an NOJHL rookie in Blind River and finished with 17 goals, 21 assists, 38 points. He followed that up with 28-29-57 totals in 2017-2018 and 25-36-61 numbers in 2018-2019. And through three playoff seasons, Serre has six goals, 13 assists, 19 points in 32 games.
As Serre is winding down his NOJHL career and hoping to help lead the Beavers on a long playoff run, he is ticketed to begin his Ontario University Athletics career next fall with the Sudbury-based Laurentian Voyageurs.
Meanwhile, his coach in Blind River, Kyle Brick, can’t say enough about Serre, who is the captain of the Beavers.
“Phenomenal player, explosive speed, play making ability and great hands. Big game player who plays with an edge as well … when he goes we go,” Brick exclaimed.
Brick also referred to Serre as “one of my all time favourites to coach, he just gets it, you very rarely have to tell him what he does wrong or needs to do better at; it just gets done the next shift.”
And Serre does whatever the Beavers need him to do, said Brick, who is in his fourth season as the hockey boss in Blind River.
“The kid can play any role, he can be a scorer, checker, play maker or fighter. What ever you need him to be he can deliver. I am pretty sure he holds all Beaver records except for penalty minutes.
“It is a pleasure to coach Caleb and I’m excited for a hopefully long playoff run with him, he’s given me, this team and community everything over the past four years and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure there is a great ending,” Brick concluded.
PHOTO: Caleb Serre of the Blind River Beavers.