Social distancing and bans on group activity relative to the coronavirus pandemic has had an obvious effect on hockey players and teams.
Players have taken to working out on their own and defenseman Jack Matier of the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League is no exception.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Sault Ste. Marie product has been working out at home — indoors and outdoors — as a means of conditioning ahead of the next OHL season.
As the last pick in the first round of the 2019 OHL priority selections draft from the Soo entry in the Great North Midget Hockey League, Matier went on to play in 56 of Ottawa’s 62 regular season games as a 16-year old rookie in 2019-2020.
Despite playing on a powerhouse, veteran-laden Ottawa team that had the best record in the OHL — 50-11-1 for 101 points — Matier had a regular role on the 67’s blue line and ended his rookie season with nine points (all assists) and a plus-minus rating of +11 in 56 outings.