Tyden McWillis is getting another shot at showcasing himself at the junior level.
“It means my hard work with the Grizzlies was recognized by my coach Ryan Parent,” says McWillis. “It is an honour that he trusts me enough to represent him and the KIJHL at the Junior A level.”
McWillis had his first practice with the Kings recently and said being with the team has been great, meeting his new teammates and learning their systems. The coaching staff and his teammates have been welcoming. He’s excited to get back on the ice after the two week of isolation. His first practice went well and he enjoyed getting his feet moving again.
McWillis wants to contribute to the Kings’ success, while opening the door to earning a roster spot on a BCHL team.
McWillis played two games with the Grizzlies, scoring a goal in his first game against the Golden Rockets on Nov. 14.
“It was nice to be able to see the intensity of junior hockey,” says McWillis, listed at five-foot-nine, 160 pounds. “It helped me improve myself and be able to offer more to my team.”
With the Grizzlies, Parent helped the forward improve his aggressiveness and physical play. He believes that is a reason why he’s earned the opportunity he has now.