Local hockey player shines on Cariboo Cougars Major Midget Team

For Marcus Allen, it’s all about fulfilling his life-long goal, hockey.

  • Wed Oct 19th, 2016 5:00am
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Marcus Allen from Fort St. James is thrilled to play for the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget Team as they prepare for the Telus Cup in April

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

For Marcus Allen, it’s all about fulfilling his life-long goal, hockey.

The 16-year-old from Fort St. James recently made it as a player for the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget Team in Prince George.

“I love hockey,” Allen says. “The excitement, the nerves when you have to step up before a big game, I love everything about it.”

Having just returned from Whitehorse after having played a promotional game against Vancouver’s Northeast Chiefs on Oct. 15-16, Allen could not be more thrilled with all that he has achieved.

“We did really well. We won both games 6 -1,” Allen said. “And this year is especially exciting because Prince George will be hosting the Telus Cup.”

The Telus Cup is the Canadian Midget Hockey Championship and Allen is excited to be playing with his team during the tournament being held April 24 – 30, 2017.

Allen plays goalie and he couldn’t imagine himself anywhere else on the ice.

“I love this position because you play the whole game and it’s so exciting even though it can be very tense and there’s a lot of pressure on the goalie, it’s so much fun,” Allen said.

“And my dad and uncle were both goalies too.”

Allen, who was born in Vanderhoof and raised in Fort St. James, is currently attending Prince George Secondary School.

“It’s a big change living away from home but I’m just loving the game right now,” Allen said.

Allen began skating when he was just 3 and started playing hockey when he was about 5-years-old.

“And that was it,” Allen said. “I fell in love with the game.”

Allen is so thankful for all of the support he’s received over the years.

“My older sister loves watching me play,” Allen said.

“And my mom and dad, I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.”