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Joining Brampton Beast the latest change for Wellesley man

Wellesley resident Mitchell Good may only be 24, but in the world of hockey, he’s already something close to an elder statesman. As he joins the Central Hockey League’s new Brampton Beast franchise, the former Wellesley Applejack finds his early experiences playing Junior D, and then Junior B with the Stratford Cullitons, reverberate today.

Mitchell Good played for the Wellesley Applejacks before playing professionally in Florida. He starts playing with the Central Hockey League in October.[Will Sloan / The Observer]
Mitchell Good played for the Wellesley Applejacks before playing professionally in Florida. He starts playing with the Central Hockey League in October. [Will Sloan / The Observer]
“I learned a lot of things,” said Good of his teenage years. “I learned how to make myself a better player and separate myself from the peers around me to allow me to move on, basically by increasing my work ethic and love for the game.”

He also learned how to deal with opposition both on and off the ice.

“Dealing with adversity is a big thing in any sport. I think a lot of kids either fall apart or quit the sport they love because they deal with some adversity and don’t know how to respond to it. I was able to encounter it early on in my career, and being able to cope with that and move forward has helped me tremendously.”

Good is back in Canada after his first professional season with the Pensacola Flyers in Florida. It was Wellesley, however, where he first found his love of the game, playing for the Twin Centre Stars before transitioning to the Waterloo AAA Wolves.

“I don’t know if I discovered my talent, but I discovered my love for hockey pretty early on, probably around eight-years-old,” he said. “I think my love for it just allowed me to become better and better at it, because I just kept practicing.

“Training for hockey, I practice five days a week, and then I’m working out the sixth and seventh days as well. … I’d probably say I’m in the gym at least two hours, and I try to do all sorts of things, like mental visualization, I do practicing shooting at home, and I try to get on the ice at least once a day.”

After stints with the Jacks and the Cullitons, he played at Wilfrid Laurier University, rising to the level of alternate captain in his final year. All this has given him the experience to launch his own sideline training business, Hockey Skills and Development, which he runs out of his home in Wellesley.

“Being able to teach kids the basics has helped my understanding of the basics,” he said. “If I try to teach what I’m learning to someone else, it absorbs a lot more into your brain, and you get a better understanding of it.

“For me, to break down the skills that I used to think were second-nature has helped me get a better outlook on what I’m actually doing, and how I can improve.”

Good begins his season with the Brampton Beast on October 18, but he says moving up to a new level of hockey doesn’t intimidate him.

“You just need to have confidence in your skill ability,” he said. “The decision-making at a higher level may be faster, but the fundamentals of the game don’t really change.

“If you can transfer your confidence from the lower-level to the higher level, playing and practicing with better players, I’ve always been able to raise my level of gameplay.”

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