Photo Credit: Kelsey Lee-Violet Turtle Photography
To play at the next level of hockey some times requires patience. Acclimating to the NAHL takes time, and raw talent helps in that process. Matt DeSpirt’s patience as a defender playing his first year above the AAA level, combined with his raw talent and potential make him a gem of a player in the making for Bryan Erikson’s team. Smooth skating defenders that can generate offense often find division one spots, and Erikson hopes to see that happen for DeSpirt. He is a Buffalo native who likes to model his game after Drew Doughty.
As Erikson said “ Matt is a very smooth skating d man. He came in to our main camp after having played for Matt Dibble with Roc City and really impressed. He knew he would be behind some guys in the lineup being on the young side but he has soaked up everything myself, Eric and Cody have thrown at him. His speed is great, makes nice passes and is an amazing kid. Just one of those guys that is happy to do whatever is asked. I think he has a very bright future with us and at the NCAA level. Excited to watch his continued improvement.”
Player profile answers
Who do you look up to most in your life and why?
“I look up to my dad the Most. He has been by my side and pushed me all my life. He’s such a nice humble guy and I want to be like him when I grow up.”
What is your best hockey memory?
“Going to the pewee hockey tournament In Quebec.”
What are your goals on and off the ice this year?
“My Goal on the ice to be the best player and teammate I can be.Off the ice is to be a fun guy.”
What is your favorite tv show or movie to watch?
“My favorite tv show is the 100.”