Listowel is the next stop in Brady Brezynskie’s hockey journey, the Elmira resident having been drafted by the Listowel Cyclones Junior B for the 2019/2020 season.
“Brady played ten games for us last year as an AP (affiliate) which is the max games an AP can play,” explained Listowel Cyclones head coach Jesse Cole of the player’s call-ups from midget AAA. “He fit well into our lineup last year. He brings more mobility to our defence as well as a player who moves pucks well and gives us good depth on our backend. We’re looking forward to him being with us full time.”
A 5’9”, 152 lb defenceman, Brezynskie’s hockey journey started with his hometown in Woolwich before he shifted to the Waterloo Wolves system. He was with the minor midget AAA team for the 2017/2018 season, where he scored two goals and 11 assists.
After playing for the Waterloo Wolves for several years, Brezynskie was looking for a fresh perspective and opted to join the Brantford 99ers midget AAA team for the 2018/2019 season in the Alliance Hockey Midget Pavilion League (AHMPL).
The right-shooting defender put up four goals and 11 assists for the 99ers.
Now, the 17-year-old is onto the next step: the Listowel Cyclones, a team that won the Sutherland Cup in 2018, and advanced to the semis last season.
“I’ve been pretty lucky: both Waterloo and Brantford are great organizations,” said Brezynskie. “Everything fell into place, and Listowel felt right to me – Brantford felt right, Waterloo felt right. It was just pretty easy to make a decision.”
Brezynskie comes by his talent naturally, coming from a family of players who laced ’em up in junior hockey.
“My dad Lance Brezynskie, uncle Chad Brezynskie, and Paul Brezynskie have all played for the Elmira Sugar Kings,” said Brady.
“My dad was the biggest impact on my hockey career whether it was going and watching the Kings on a Sunday night, watching the [Toronto Maple] Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada, building a rink in the backyard, staying out playing with me for hours or just playing mini sticks; he was always trying to get me around the game that I fell in love with from a young age.”
Brezynskie trains at the Nexus Health and Training Centre in Elmira, which now features synthetic ice to prepare for the upcoming hockey season properly. He attends almost daily, in addition to teaching power skating to young hockey players.
Currently attending EDSS, he will soon be making the move to Listowel District Secondary School, which will complement the upcoming ice hockey season.
“It’s nice; the towns are very similar. The vibe around a small team … the hockey teams are both the prized possession, the town jewel,” said Brezynskie. “I get a similar vibe, so I feel like it’ll be a pretty easy transition for me.”
As the Cyclones and Elmira Sugar Kings are in the same Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Midwestern Conference, Brezynskie is sure to compete against many familiar faces in the upcoming season.
“I’d like to wish my former teammates good luck in wherever they play. I know I’ll be playing against a few of them this year – that’ll be fun,” said Brezynskie.