Orr sharp on and off the ice

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AMHERST - As the youngest player on the Amherst Ramblers roster, Kody Orr might be 15 years old in body, but in mind, that's a different story.
"The reason he's so successful both on and off the ice is because he's a very intelligent kid," Ramblers Coach Corey Crocker said.
Orr is an honour student who has drawn interest from Ivy League schools such as Princeton and Harvard.
"He's very mature for his age and he has great leadership qualities," Crocker added.
Orr first met Crocker while attending an under-16 prospects camp where Crocker was the assistant coach.
"I heard Amherst had an excellent program and when I was drafted I was thrilled to come here," Orr said.
And what does he think of the Rambler organization after being in town for a month?
"I'm loving it here, I love every minute of it," Orr said. "It's an awesome program. The coaches, management and executive couldn't be better. It's been great all round."
Last year, Orr played major midget with the Dartmouth Subways. Right now he is playing left wing, and at six-feet and 175 pounds, he brings strong defensive qualities with him.
"Ever since bantam, I've known defence comes first and you have to be strong in your own zone," Orr said. "I thrive on playing strong defensively."
One of his immediate goals is to improve his skating and have a better touch around the net.
"Being such a defensive player, I probably don't think about offence as much as I should," Orr said. "I'd like to focus on getting goals and helping the team in the offensive department, too."
As far as skating goes, Crocker said it will come with time.
"As he evolves and gets bigger and more muscular, his skating will improve," Crocker said.
Orr said he's here to learn all he can.
"This is the first time I've played with people at this level and at this age," Orr said. "It's definitely a learning experience but it makes you mature a lot faster. You learn from the older guys and learn how to behave."
And does he ever get razzed for being as young as he is?
"No, they don't bug me, they're pretty good about it. Once in a while, they'll bring out the rookie card, but that's to be expected. It's tradition."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

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