It’s been a long time since Kelowna Minor Hockey product Tyler Krause first suited up as a member of the Westside Warriors.
Now 20, Krause is in his final year of junior eligibility and his fourth year with the Warriors. He’s played for all three coaches the Warriors have had. He’s suffered some bumps and bruises along the way and has now elevated his play to where he is on the Warriors top line.
And this week Krause pulled off a first for himself as he was named the BCHL Player of the Week after a five point night last Saturday in a 6-2 win over Prince George.
“It feels great,” said Krause. “The team had some success this weekend and so did I so it’s nice to be rewarded.”
Krause and the Warriors are off this weekend to play two games on Vancouver Island as they will play Powell River and Cowichan Valley.
As a 20-year-old Krause is hoping to secure an NCAA scholarship this year to continue his hockey career south of the border. With 19 points in 12 games he’s off to a good start but says consistency will be the key to securing a scholarship.
“You have to be consistent, hard working and one of the best players on the ice every night,” said the 6-foot, 180 pound forward.
Playing on a line with Richard Vanderhoek and Connor Dempsey, Krause is finding himself being counted on to be a leader on and off the ice. As a veteran player he says his confidence is high when he hits the ice.
“You notice as an older player you have more confidence, just having been there and knowing what to expect in certain situations,” said Krause whose 19 points so far this year equals his total as a rookie. “Just how you see the game as a 20-year-old is so much different.”
The last two seasons the Warriors have lost in the second round of the playoffs. Krause is hoping that will change this year as the Kelowna native looks for team success first and individual success second.
“We have a really deep team that has the ability to outwork teams every night,” he said. “We have every aspect, it’s just a matter of keeping it together for 60 games and playoffs.”