Speers (right) with Greyhounds captain Darnell Nurse (Twitter)Some of Blake Speers' early hockey memories involve watching another hometowner bear the expectations of being a Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds first-rounder.
After having the No. 4 overall pick in successive OHL priority selection drafts — and 17-year-old centre Jared McCann and 18-year-old defenceman Darnell Nurse are each panning out well — the Soo went local this spring by selecting the speedy, skilled McCann. The centre who had a 50-goal season for the Soo Thunder midgets is confident
"Me and my dad actually had season tickets when I was growing up," "I can remember that last Soo boy that was taken in the first round, Tyler Kennedy, watching him play. It's pretty cool that I can be the next guy to do that."
"I'm just going to have it to take it as it comes. I don't know how I'm going to be treated by the fans. I'm just going to play hockey and see where it goes. There will be ups and downs, but I'm doing to have a good support system with my family [parents Karen and Mark Speers] around, all the guys looking after me."Read More »from Soo Greyhounds’ Blake Speers ready to sweat the small stuff: Making The Jump