He stood tall — even if he is rather small — among the top skaters in the Great North Midget Hockey League during the 2014-2015 season.
And now, 1999 birth-year forward Cayse Ton has his sights set on a higher level in 2015-2016 with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Despite being one of the younger players in the GNMHL in 2014-2015, the 5-foot-8, 160 pound Ton finished fourth in league scoring while helping his hometown New Liskeard Cubs to a first-place, regular-season finish.
Ton netted 33 goals, 30 assists, 63 points in 36 regular-season games and showed an edge to his style with 64 penalty minutes. He then added 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points in 7 playoff matches as New Liskeard made it to the finals only to lose to the Soo Thunderbirds in the championship series.
One of three rookies and four veterans who signed NOJHL cards with Rayside-Balfour in mid June, Ton is looking ahead to the 2015-2016 season with confidence in what he aspires to do at the junior level.
“I’ll be able to offer (the Canadians) a complete player,” Ton told Keith Dempsey of the Sudbury Star. “I’ll be able to light that spark, give them energy and put the puck into the net.”
An 11th-round pick of the Owen Sound Attack at the 2014 Ontario Hockey League draft, Ton has a plan for his NOJHL rookie season with Rayside-Balfour.
“I just want to play the best I can, perform to what I know I’m capable of every game, and be a consistent player,” said Ton.
One coach who sees Ton doing well at the NOJHL level is Jim Capy.
A former NOJHL bench boss who now coaches the Soo midgets that upended New Liskeard for the GNMHL championship in 2014-2015, Capy told HockeyNewsNorth.com that he thinks Ton will be an “impact player” in the NOJHL for Rayside-Balfour in 2015-2016.
“He is capable of scoring lots of goals,” Capy said of Ton. “He has a nice skill level and he is really good at finding open spots. He has a good, accurate shot and I can see him making an impact as a rookie in the NOJHL.”
In actuality, Ton has already had a taste of the NOJHL — and he did well.
As an affiliated player, Ton skated in three games with the Powassan Voodoos during the 2014-2015 season and scored three goals.