Once they are cleared to hold their summer ice camp — dependent on restrictions being lifted relative to the COVID-19 pandemic — Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League plan to take a look at local goalie Zach Prusky.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Prusky, who has a 2003 birth date, spent the 2019-2020 season as a rookie with the New Liskeard Cubs of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
Impressively, in true workhorse fashion, Prusky played the most minutes — 1,741 — of any goalie in the Great North loop in 2019-2020.
The 1,741 minutes that Prusky played were 332 more than the next busiest goalie in what was an eight-team league in 2019-2020.
In all, Prusky played in 30 of 38 games for a New Liskeard team that finished in sixth place in the Great North with a record of 16-20-2.
Before leaving home to play for New Liskeard last season, Prusky rose through the AA and AAA ranks of the Sault Major Hockey Association.
Meanwhile, Trev Zachary, who is the general manager of the aforementioned Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL, told Hockey News North that he likes Prusky.
“Ya, I liked what I saw of him last season … he kept New Liskeard in a lot of games,” Zachary relayed. “I will be inviting him to our summer camp/summer ice once we have permission to get into the rink.
“We’ll see how he holds up against junior players at our camp and our summer ice. We will give him a good look,” Zachary added.
Of note, Prusky could still play one more season at the Great North midget level.