Fans comparing Escott to Sweetland
Rambler rookie makes most of his debut
By Darrell Cole
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - He's only played one regular season game and already the newest Amherst Rambler is being compared to one of the greatest Ramblers of all time.
Cleared by Hockey Canada to join the team, 16-year-old Jordan Escott wasted little time making an impact scoring once and electrifying fans with his play on Saturday as the Ramblers defeated the Restigouche Tigers 3-0 in MJAHL action.
"He's a very talented player and one of the cornerstones that I wanted to establish in what was really my first year of scouting as coach and general manager," coach Corey Crocker said. "I want Jordan Escott to be the cornerstone of this franchise for the next four or five years. He's a player you can build around and attract other players."
For Escott, who scored 100 points last year with the Metro Toronto League's Canadiens, being allowed to play was an excellent birthday present.
"It was the best present I could have received and it was one of the best feelings I've ever had playing that first game," said Escott, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Friday. "The fans are great and we have a good team."
Escott feels he can provide some offence to the club and said it was tough to sit out the club's first regular season games.
His play in the pre-season and in his MJAHL debut has many fans comparing him to Andrew Sweetland, who set the team scoring record in his first and only season with the Ramblers last year. Sweetland scored 56 goals and added 61 assists for 117 points with the Ramblers last year to shatter Grove Sutton's scoring record.
While he understands Escott has a lot of Sweetland's qualities, Crocker doesn't want fans to tag him as the next Sweetland since he's only 16 and a lot can happen.
"Last year we were fortunate to have Andrew as a 20 year old. As a 16 year old a lot of people see a lot of similar qualities as a hockey player but we don't want to tag him or compare him as another Sweetland. We think do think he could grow into being that type of player," Crocker said.
Escott played summer hockey with Sweetland this year and is honoured to be compared to him.
"It's great but it's not something I can let get to me," he said. "I hope I can have the impact that he had on this team and I just want to go out there every game and do my best."
The Rambler coach said Escott is one of the most dedicated players he has ever seen with all the time he spends at the rink working on his game.
"I've never seen a player who wants to be on the ice so much," Crocker said of the rookie forward who's a St. John's, NL native who played Midget AAA in Toronto last season.
The Ramblers return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Campbellton to face the Tigers.