It might not seem like nearly three years ago when Quinn Gould was traded to the Westside Warriors from Sherwood Park in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Then again, it’s hard for Gould to believe that, at the age of 20, his junior hockey career is in its final season.
“It is kind of weird, it feels like yesterday when I was traded here from the AJHL,” said Gould, a 6-foot-2 forward for the Warriors. “I remember thinking I was only 18 and I had three years left to play. Now it’s like ‘where did the time go?’ It flew by so quickly. The last two years seem like a blur.”
What isn’t a blur is Gould’s month of December. The Fort McMurray, AB native used his considerable size and speed to help the Warriors to a 6-4-1-1 month of December. Gould recorded two goals and six assists in the month and now has 33 points in 43 games for the Warriors. He was named the team’s player of the month for December.
“I’ve been trying to find consistency lately and working on the small things like competing and work ethic,” said Gould. “It’s kind of cliche but I’m working on the small things, just trying to keep it going and get ready for playoffs.”
Taking a cue from their coach, the Warriors and Gould are focussing on playing their best hockey come playoff time.
Gould says he think the Warriors are able to beat any team in the conference.
“I think we’ve deserved a better fate a lot of the times we’ve played against Penticton or Vernon this year,” he said. “I really think we can beat those teams when we are playing our best hockey. We just have to start playing our best in the last part of the season and carry that into playoffs.”
Being a 20-year-old, Gould also has his hockey future to think about when not focussing on the Warriors. There are a few options for NCAA scholarships that are starting to happen for the rugged winger but he says the best thing for him to do is to keep playing well.
“It’s always in the back of your mind when this is your last year but at the same time all you can do is not think about it and focus on your play and hockey and everything else will take care of itself,” he said.
After being traded to Westside in the 2008-09 season, Gould had 10 points in 24 games. Last year he compiled 30 points in 57 games and this year has surpassed his career mark. His point totals aren’t the only thing that has changed for Gould.
“One of the differences of being a 20-year-old is you get a new role handed to you,” he said. “You have to be more mature and be a leader. It’s a good pressure that you want. You want to be a leader. It keeps you accountable and makes you play better and I’ve enjoyed it.”
Gould has also enjoyed his time in the community of Westside, citing billet families and friends that he has met that will make it tough to leave following this year.
“I didn’t know much about Westside the town or organization but being here over the years I love the city and the community. It’s place you get attached to. It’s like home. It’s definitely going to be hard to leave this place.”