Everett Silvertips left wing Orrin Centazzo celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oil Kings last November at Xfinity Arena.
Bryce Kindopp and Orrin Centazzo spent Thanksgiving close to home.
The two local hockey players stopped in Calgary and Edmonton this past weekend as their Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips played matches four and five of a nine-game two-week swing through Western Canada.
The Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association products won’t be back this way again unless a few playoff dates against the rival Hitmen or Oil Kings are needed.
“We take our (homework) on the road,” said Centazzo, 17, a Grade 12 student at Everett High School. “Our teachers are very good with us. They give us time and what we need to complete it. If we go out and need their help they’ll try their best and they’ll always be good with us when we’re working to get it done.”
Centazzo, who grew up in Marwayne, has one goal and one assist through the Silvertips first seven games of the 2017-18 season.
The 5-foot-7 and 161-pound left wing made the club out of training camp last year and notched four goals and nine points through 41 games in this rookie season.
Lloydminster’s Bryce Kindopp has recorded two assists in seven games for the Everett Silvertips this season. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS MAST/EVERETT SILVERTIPS
“It was a lot faster, a lot higher paced and more physical,” he said, when asked to compare the game to his time playing for the Lloydminster minor midget AAA Rage the previous season.
“If you make a mistake they’ll hurt you a lot more and they’ll capitalize a lot more.”
Kindopp, 18, joined Centazzo as a Silvertips rookie last year, with the right wing recording seven goals and 14 points in 60 games.
The 6-foot-1 and 176-pound Lloydminster native said a spot on the fourth line greeted him at the beginning of the season before a few injuries bumped him up to top-two line status by its end.
“We’re still finding our roles with the new coach (this year), but I feel he puts me out when he needs me,” said Kindopp, who has two assists through seven games this campaign.
“I can hit bodies and score when I get my opportunities. I can provide energy too, but I like to try to get into the top six in the lineup and just do whatever I can to stay in the lineup every night.”
Both Kindopp and Centazzo noted good speed and strong two-way play are what they bring to the ice.
The latter added that works well in their U.S. Division, where each game always involves physical and fast paced up and down hockey.
“Coming in as a second-year player, I think confidence is a big thing,” said Kindopp. “I just need to play my game. Just be hard on the puck all night, use my speed and play how I know I can play.”
Centazzo said the Silvertips fans in Everett, Wash., are incredible.
He said they pack their 8,300-seat Xfinity Arena during home games and the Silvertips players are giving everything they have to gain a few victories on the ice and show that support is appreciated.
“I want to obviously win the U.S. Division title again and hopefully go to the Memorial Cup, be there and win that,” said Centazzo. “That would be the goal.”