Josh Medernach – OHA Edmonton (17-18)
Height: 5’10” Weight: 152lbs Birthdate: February 2, 2003
First off, where have you played all of your minor hockey and what have been some of your favorite personal and team memories in hockey for you so far?
I played all of my minor hockey in Lloydminster, Alberta and started playing when I was four years old. My favourite personal memories are making Team Brick Alberta, playing for WestCan Selects in Italy and making the Lloydminster AAA Bobcats as a first year. Some of my favourite team memories are winning the North American Hockey Classic tournament in Winnipeg with Team Brick, playing for NAS Capitals spring hockey team winning many championships over the last couple years the last one being in Vancouver winning the tournament.
Talk a bit about your 16/17 hockey season and what some of your highlights were and how you feel it went on a personal level? Where do you plan on playing your 17/18 season?
I played for the Lloydminster AAA Bobcats during the 2016/17 season. Our team struggled during the season but we battled back to make playoffs and had a good run against Fort Saskatchewan. For me personally I learned about mental toughness and staying positive and never taking winning for granted. I will be playing for OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep this season.
Who has made the biggest impact on your hockey career so far whether it be coaches, family members etc.?
My dad has made the biggest impact on my hockey career always pushing me to do my best at everything on and off the ice. Serge Lajoie, my spring hockey coach for NAS Capitals, is a coach I highly respect. He taught me many things such as puck placement, work ethic, belief in systems and hockey IQ.
How has your spring hockey season went so far and what do you plan on doing for the rest of the spring and summer?
My spring season with NAS Capitals went very well. We won silver in Minnesota and gold in Vancouver. Since the spring season ended I have been off ice training and attended summer camps to get me ready for the upcoming season.
What are some of the other strengths in your game that help set you apart from your peers? On the other hand, what weaknesses do you feel still need the most work?
Some of my strengths are puck control, physicality, in tight close battles along the boards, my vision and hockey IQ. I feel I need to work on getting faster foot speed and a quicker release on my shot.
Who is the player(s) in your age group that you respect the most on a skill and/or leadership level and why?
One of the players I respect the most based on skill and leadership is Sean Tschigerl because of his speed, hard shot, aggressiveness as well as being a great leader on and off the ice.
What can you tell the readers about yourself that likely very few people know about you? Superstitions etc.? Have you had any relatives play high levels of hockey?
I enjoy all sports especially golfing and just started working at the Lloydminster golf course this year. Some superstitions I have is always have to put my right skate on first and need to wear the same socks if we win the previous game.
My cousin Tyler Weiman played for the Tri-City Americans in the WHL and was drafted in the NHL with Colorado Avalanche.
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