There is a Sault Ste. Marie connection to one of the new recruits of the Detroit Fighting Irish of the Midwest Jr. Hockey League.
Cody Dombrowski, a 6-foot-1, 160 pound, 1996 birth-year defenceman from Florida, played for coach Kevin Conway and the Orlando Jr. Knights under-18 midget team in 2013-2014.
Conway, who was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, was a prolific goal-scorer over two full Ontario Hockey League seasons as a right winger with Soo Greyhounds and Kingston Canadians, scoring 122 goals and adding 130 assists for an amazing 252 points in just 130 games.
Conway went on to play pro in the United Kingdom for 20 years and was recently elected to the British Hockey Hall of Fame. Now 50-years old, Conway relocated to Florida a few years back and got into coaching with the Orlando youth hockey program.
As for Conway’s former player Dombrowski, the youngster will move to Detroit next month as he preps for his first taste of junior hockey with the Fighting Irish.
” I am looking forward to (heading to) Detroit in early July to begin summer conditioning and training with the team’s veterans,” said Dombrowski. “Being in the gym and on the ice and working with guys who are getting ready for college and pro is a definite bonus in signing with the Irish.”
Fighting Irish coach-general manager Dan Vasquez knows what he is getting in Dombrowski.
“Cody has several huge upsides,” Vasquez began. “During our spring tryouts and during our conversations he was very excited and embraced our approach to the game. We challenge our defencemen to develop offensively as well as defensively. In order to do so a great emphasis is put on transition and controlled skating. I am confident that Cody will find his place in our lineup.”
PHOTO: Defenceman Cody Dombrowski, formerly of the Orlando Jr. Knights, now of the Detroit Fighting Irish.