Rookie forward Caleb Wood has proven to be a key cross-border addition for the Soo Eagles with the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League at about the one-third mark of the 2018-2019 regular season schedule.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Wood is leading the Eagles in scoring with 10 goals, 5 assists, 15 points in 17 games.
A quiet individual who lets his skill and work ethic speak for him, Wood opted to sign with the Michigan-based Eagles during the off season rather than with his hometown, Ontario-based Soo Thunderbirds.
And Eagles general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has plenty good to say about Wood, a 2000 birth year skater who was selected by the Soo Greyhounds in the fifth round of the 2017 Ontario Hockey League under-18 draft.
“He has really stood out for us,” Bragagnolo said of Wood during a recent of edition of the weekly Hockey North Show that airs on Sault Ste. Marie radio station ESPN 1400. “He leads by example. He works hard in practice and he carries that over to the games. He’s a great kid, too.”
Bragagnolo added that Wood “does a good job of using his work ethic to compliment his skill level. I can’t say that I am surprised at how well he has played for us. We knew what kind of player we were getting when he signed Caleb after watching him play for the major midgets in Soo, Ontario last year.”
As a team, the Eagles have been inconsistent this season and have a record of 7-11-0 entering play this week. They head out on a three games in three days road trip this week with matches at Hearst on Thursday, Cochrane on Friday and Timmins on Saturday.
PHOTO: Caleb Wood of the Soo Eagles. (Hockey News North photo.)