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Northern Nova Scotia player gets shot at Jamaican national hockey team

Gogan Attends evaluation camp in Toronto


Published on June 21, 2017

Former ARHS Vikings hockey player Will Gogan attended a Jamaican Under-20 national hockey team evaluation camp in Toronto.

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AMHERST, N.S. – An Amherst hockey player is taking a shot at playing for the Jamaican Under-20 national hockey team.

Will Gogan was invited to an evaluation camp for the team in Toronto on Wedneday after practising with the squad when it was in Halifax in May.
“My hope is to make the team and play in future events,” Gogan said. “The fact I was even considered for this is a huge honour. Playing with these players has been huge for me.”
While the thought of a Jamaican hockey team may rekindle memories of the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, the team is made up mostly of Canadians whose parents are of Jamaican descent.
In Gogan’s case, his mother was born in Jamaica.

My hope is to make the team and play in future events. The fact I was even considered for this is a huge honour. Playing with these players has been huge for me.

Will Gogan


Gogan, who’s in his first year of video game design and development at Eastern College in Moncton, spent last season playing with the Cumberland-Colchester Colts of the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League after three years with the ARHS Vikings.
“It was intense and very fast. They have several players who played in the OHL,” the 19-year-old defenceman said. “They train at a very fast pace and their instincts are just incredible. When they get the puck they know where to put it without thinking.”
He said the pace was a quicker than what he was accustomed to in junior hockey, but the skill level exhibited by the players was incredible.
The team is coached by former NHL player Graeme Townshend and Gogan said he runs intense practices with lots of movement. Considering he hadn’t been on the ice since the Junior C season ended, Gogan said it was a challenging practice.
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