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Former Ranger, William Calverley Epitomizes Being a Captain
It seems that everywhere Chilliwak Chiefs’ William Calverley goes, a winning culture follows. Some may call him lucky, but in this case it is far from it.
The leadership and personality the 19-year-old brings to his hockey teams consistently gravitate people towards him, and have been on display on and off the ice throughout his career. Just over a week ago, they were on display again as Chilliwack hoisted the 2018 RBC Cup in their home barn.
The Chiefs’ captain led his team with seven points, and led the tournament with six goals, none being bigger than the game-tying goal in the finals against the OJHL champion Wellington Dukes with less than five minutes to go. But in addition to his offensive numbers, Calverley’s two-way game is what really stood out, and is something that began with the North York Rangers in his younger years.
Before the 5’9 centremen travelled to British Columbia for Junior A hockey, he was a part of the Rangers’ system. The Scarborough native spent three seasons with the Rangers AAA team between Minor Midget and Midget, tallying 44 goals and 99 points in that span, in addition to a pair of assists in four games with the Junior A Rangers as an AP.
Calverley truly enjoyed his experience with the Rangers organization, and met numerous great people who helped him develop from being a pure offensive talent into a complete 200-foot player. This evolution on the defensive side is largely what allowed him take a big step up as a hockey player.
“I found my defensive game in North York from learning from some good coaches who took pride in having a great D-zone,” Calverley explains.
Being captain of the Chiefs this past season was a familiar role for Calverley, who wore the ‘C’ twice in his the three seasons with the Rangers. During that time, the team qualified for the OHL Cup and became national champions in 2016, capturing the Telus Cup. Similar to the RBC Cup this year, he recorded six goals in seven games.
Former teammates of that championship team had nothing but positive things to when asked about Calverley.
“Will was a leader on and off the ice. Everyone always likes him and kind of follows his lead,” current North York goalie, Jett Alexander explained. “He speaks up at the right times but is always leading by example.”
Davis Park’s comments were very similar to Jett’s.
“I’ve known Will for a while, we went to high school together and played on the same team for about 2 years,” Davis said. “Off the ice he’s a nice guys and all around class act. On the ice he’s a true leader as you can tell with winning two national championships as a captain.”
When it comes to describing an elite leader, Calverley pinpoints one aspect all captains need to gain: respect in a locker room.
“To me I think in order to be a good leader you have to be willing to hold your teammates accountable.”
In addition to his leadership abilities, William did everything that could be asked of a number one centerman during his Junior A career. He matched up against the opposing teams’ top lines while also putting up points. In 111 career games in Chilliwack, he posted 35 goals and 61 assists for 96 points. That elite play attracted NCAA Division 1 schools to call for his services. In the end, he committed to Rochester Institute for Technology in New York. The reason for it was quiet simple:
“I committed to RIT because of its winning culture and how highly praised it was by former players.”
Since the first day he walked into the Rangers system, Calverley has been the perfect role model for his peers. Based on his track record of being an exceptional leader with North York and Chilliwack, don’t be surprised if the future Tiger has the ‘C’ on his jersey down the road.
North York, Ontario – The North York Rangers would like to congratulate Nick Campoli, Joey Maziarz and Jett Alexander on getting named to Canada East’s roster for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.
Campoli has proven himself to be one of the OJHL’s most dangerous offensive forwards. Committed to Clarkson University in the NCAA, Campoli was named the OJHL’s top prospect last year after recording 32 points in just 20 games. Currently first in team scoring with 30 points in 29 games, Campoli was one of two players drafted to the NHL from the OJHL, going to the newest expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Campoli had a big training camp, which included both of Canada’s goals on Monday against the OJHL ‘97-born All-Stars.
Maziarz has had a wonderful impact for the Rangers since joining the club last year, getting named to the OJHL’s 2nd All-Prospect team last year. In 29 games this season, Maziarz has put up three goals and 14 points while earning lots of ice time in his sophomore campaign. Maziarz has become one of the best shutdown defenders in the league, becoming a nuisance for any team that dares to battle him.
Considered one of the best goalies in the OJHL, Alexander has posted nine wins and boasts a .932 SV% in 18 games played. Last year, after starting the season with Georgetown, Alexander returned home to the Rangers, where he’s been near the top in all goalie stats in his first season as an OJHL starting goalie. Alexander was also named to the NHL’s most recent Central Scouting Watch List for the upcoming draft, set to take place in Dallas, Texas this June.
Campoli, Maziarz and Alexander all recently represented the Rangers at the Eastern Canada Cup Challenge in Trenton, an event where all three players impressed scouts and fans alike.
North York is also one of two teams in the OJHL to have three players named to the roster, with the Wellington Dukes being the other.
The 2017 World Junior A Challenge will begin with Canada East battling Russia in Truro, Nova Scotia on December 10th.
Photos: Campoli and Maziarz – Alistair Boulby/OJHL Images. Alexander – Steven Ellis/North York Rangers
This season, we are celebrating 60 years of hockey at the Goulding Park Hockey Association. The North York Rangers are proud of being a part of the 60 year tradition of the Goulding Park Hockey Association, in providing competitive hockey to the community at all levels. Combined with Goulding Park and the North York Rangers OJHL Jr. A team, we offer approximately 1,000 children the opportunity to learn and develop their hockey skills, from the age of 4 when a child first puts on skates through to our North York Rangers AAA and OJHL Junior A teams. As a community based not for profit association we operate only with volunteers who contributed more than 40,000 hours during an average season. We look forward to many more years of growth of minor hockey at Goulding Park Hockey Association.
This season, we also remember the passing of our great friend and mentor Brant Snow. Brant was the longtime president of the North York Rangers and Goulding Park Hockey Association as well as an executive with the North York Rangers Junior A team playing in the OJHL. Mr. John Filion, City of Toronto Ward 23 Councillor, remembers Brant as someone who didn’t liked to be singled out, but preferring to blend in with the team, as if he really thought there was nothing special about what he accomplished over four decades as the most exceptional community volunteer he has ever seen. Over four decades, he played key roles in many local and regional sports organizations. His passion for the game of hockey and baseball and all his players will not easily be replaced.