I use this thread to document Adrian's career..More for my benefit ..
So this year Adrian is playing Tier Hockey which is WAY higher than he has played here the past 4 years. Mainly due to travelling and distance. This year we bit the bullet and he agreed he wants to try and play at a higher level and he made the Bakersfield Jr Condors Bantam AA team. Bakersfield is about a 100 miles from where we live so there is a LOT of driving. There are two other kids on the team so we help each other out and cuts out on driving .
Last 4 years he has been the only goalie..Which is good and bad, but all top level teams have 2 goalies..So this year he has had to work harder as there is another goalie..The boys have been sharing the net in preseason games..This weekend was our first tier weekend where we played our first season games. We had 4 games and they chose Adrian to play in 3 of them , establishing him as the number 1 goalie..While he didnt get a win, he also didnt lose a game..3 ties where he played very well..The only game we lost was with the other goalie in net..He is a good kid but Adrian seems to be better in game situations..The games were 2-2, 3-3 and a 5-5 tie..The last game why he gave up 5 we were outshot by 38-16 and he had what label as Grant Fuhr type of game..Fuhr used to give up 4 , 5 or 6 goals but used to make the huge saves at the end when the team needed it...Also the team had a very good game going until one of our top players got a 5 minute major and a game, changing the momentum..
So while he did win a state championship 2 years ago with a B level team, now he is playing very high level hockey and the games are really enjoyable to watch. More stressful for this goalie dad but its been overall fun. We are going to 2 tourneys this year..Vegas in February and Arizona in January..SHould be exciting.
While he isnt at the very top level which is AAA, he is still one of the top goalies in the state for his age. I would say in the top 20 percent...If he really works hard and puts the time in he can play at some college level( he has already been recruited by some). He obviously isnt going to play in the NHL but he has a chance to play maybe some Junior A in some league out here if he wants to pursue that..
Oh and ya..The Slack guys get mad when I drop his name but we are playing in Patrick Marleau's kid division..He plays for the Jr Sharks team..Their team lost every game this weekend..Marleau is at every game cheering on his kid like a regular hockey dad..No one hounds him, maybe most dont recognize him..