Bridgetown native in second season with Ramblers
Chipman brings his A game to the rink every night
AMHERST - Fans can't help but appreciate a hockey player who brings their 'A' game to the rink night after night.
And that's why Adam Chipman has become a fan favorite.
"Adam is a leader," said coach Corey Crocker. "He sacrifices his body every single night when he's out there on the ice. It doesn't go unnoticed by the fans or by his teammates."
The second year Rambler out of Bridgetown first laced up a pair of skates at the ripe old age of one and a half years old.
"I started skating when I was one, but because of the minor league hockey rules I didn't start actually playing hockey until I was five," Chipman said.
Though he had a wealth of minor league experience behind him, he wasn't actually drafted by the Ramblers.
Adam's brother Ryan was drafted by the Ramblers and was a key member of the team that went to the MJAHL?final two seasons ago against the Woodstock Slammers.
When Adam was old enough to play for the Ramblers, Crocker gave him a call.
"Crocker called me right after the draft and invited me to come up and try out for the team," Chipman said. "I came for a try out and I made the team."
Chipman, who is 5'10" and 185 pounds, is known for his tough as nails brand of hockey. His firewagon style of play has personified a Rambler team that's gritty, tough and defensive minded.
"I guess it's my physical play, the way I hit, that's the best part of my game," Chipman said.
In 34 games this season, Chipman has scored eight times and added 12 assists for 20 points while pickingup 52 penalty minutes. That followed a rookie campaign in which he scored 10 goals and added 11 assists to go with 96 penalty minutes.
Chipman works out at the gym every chance he gets but said, "I work on my shot, my skating and my puck handling, but battling in the corners is the thing I like to work on most. That's my big thing."
Chipman has many people around him who help make him a better hockey player.
"Crocker is a great coach," Chipman said. "He knows the game very well and cares about his players a lot. He wants everyone to know what it feels like to win. He's also keeps us positive and keeps everyone focused on the game."
Many players have also had a positive impact on the 18 year-olds life.
"Our captain Andrew Oakley, Travis Turner, who's been my line mate the past two years, and Matthew Squires have been a big influence," said Chipman. "Squires has been injured a lot this year but he's given me a lot of motivational stuff that helps me improve. You just watch him play and you learn a lot."
Crocker says Chipman could have a very bright future in hockey.
"We got him as a free agent two years ago and he's turned into one of the top players in the league," said Crocker.
"If he keeps on the same track he's going he'll receive an NCAA scholarship. He's very good at what he does and he takes pride in his game on and off the ice. He's probably the most physically fit hockey player on our team."
Chipman Fast Facts
Opponent he respects: Pictou's Jordan Knox, "He has a lot of skill and he's out there trying really hard every night."
Opponent he doesn't like: Truro's John Reid, "It's his job to play the way he does, but I guess I get under his skin too."
Also likes to play: golf, tennis and baseball.
Favourite hockey player: Mats Sundin.
Favourite hockey team: The Maple Leafs
Favourite athletes who don't play hockey: Tiger Woods (golf), Alex Rodriguez (baseball) and Roger Federer (tennis).
Favourite food: Lobster, "I like seafood. Lobster is great."