Zack is getting on track

October 10, 2016

It wasn’t from lack of effort or desire that Zack Dorval struggled his first two seasons after the Kingston Frontenacs selected the hard-toiling center-left winger in the second round of the 2014 Ontario Hockey League draft.

Rather, it was a combination of injury, being a healthy scratch and fourth-line status that limited the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Dorval to 4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points in 94 games over the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 campaigns.

To be sure, big things were expected from Dorval after Kingston drafted the Hearst, Ontario native following an impact 2013-2014 season in which he had 48 goals, 33 assists, 81 points while racking up 122 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Soo Thunder minor midgets.

But while Dorval did not untracked during his first two seasons in Kingston, opposing OHL coaches and general managers took note of the work ethic and edge that the French-speaking youngster brought to the rink, albeit in a limited role.

And while Dorval’s name was often mentioned in trade talks, Kingston chose to hang on to the hustling, bustling forward.

Now, in his third season with the Frontenacs and with more opportunity to play, Dorval is already halfway towards achieving his point totals from the previous two seasons thus far in 2016-2017.

The 18-year old Dorval has 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points in 7 games for the 3-3-1 Frontenacs and has earned more ice time from Kingston head coach Paul McFarland while playing on a line with 19-year old Sam Harding and 20-year old Cody Caron.

PHOTO: Zack Dorval is off to a good start for the Kingston Frontenacs thus far this OHL season.

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