Hes always very committed and works towards what he wants. i have a lot of respect for him: Coach Crocker
Well known for his offensive abilities, Amherst Rambler forward Matthew Squires has improved his defensive game during his third year with the team. He still leads the team in points. File photo
AMHERST - Drafted out of St. John's, N.L. as a 16-year-old in the 2005- 2006 season, Ramblers fans have had the joy of watching Matthew Squires grow from a rookie into one of the team's top players.
"Matthew came to Amherst the same time I came to Amherst," coach Corey Crocker said. "And I've seen him grow from a 16-year-old boy to a man."
Squires, who is now 19-years-old, is a highly gifted and highly committed hockey player who put up big numbers in his first two seasons with the Ramblers.
But with a new rebuilding plan in place, Crocker said it was important that Squires become more defensive minded as well.
Squires has adapted to the new system like he does most everything else, with complete commitment.
"Before my offensive game was a whole lot better than my defensive game," Squires said. "But now I'm getting older and I'm working on developing a more complete game."
The change in focus hasn't hurt the assistant captain's point totals. He presently sits atop the Ramblers point board with 13 goals and 35 assists.
When asked what the trick is to wracking up the points Squires said, "It's not really a knack or a trick to be honest. It's just something that comes with experience."
He also said his coach and teammates are a big motivating factor.
Teammates he looks to for guidance are the "older fellows, the veterans."
"The Andrew Oakleys, the Travis Turners, the Andrew Shears, the Brent Lynchs, all the older guy's. You always look at your game compared to theirs," Squires said. "Everyone's trying to better their game. It's not only a competition to improve with your teammates, but also with yourself."
Squires said Amherst fans are also a big motivating factor.
Crocker said the Ramblers are very fortunate to have a player of Squires calibre.
"From a coaches perspective he's a pleasure to have on our team," Crocker said. "He's very well liked by his teammates and he will lead us next year."
Squires commitment to the game of hockey will also pay dividends when he is finished in the Jr A ranks.
"He's caught the eye of many NCAA schools in the past three years," Crocker said. "There's no question in my mind he will have the opportunity to pick and choose where he goes.
"On thing I have to say about Matthew is he had opportunities to play major two years ago," Crocker added. "But he stuck with his goal and vision and my hat goes off to him because he's worked so hard at it and he will be rewarded if he keeps going on the same path that he's on. He's always very committed and works toward what he wants. "
The Squires File Favourite NHL Player: Maybe Kovalchuk, (Thrashers) he's a pretty big sniper right now in the league.
Favourite NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs. "I've been a Leaf fan since I was a kid."
Favourite NHL jersey: "I wouldn't go with anyone other than the Leafs.
Sports I like to watch other than hockey: Football and Golf.
Favourite food: Pasta.
Favourite treat: Sour Candy.
Favourite movie from the last year: 300
Favourite TV show: "I'm not a TV kind of guy really."
Favourite Music: "I like all kinds of music."
Favourite band or musician: "No favourites really, but you could say Nickelback or something like that."