This Friday night, when Sean Green dons the pads for the Lindsay Muskies, it will be for the final time, in his Jr. A career. Sean has been the main goaltender for the Muskies since coming over in a trade, with the Pembroke Lumber Kings, on Nov. 22nd 2015, a move that saw fellow goaltender Boyd DiClemente go the other way. It was quite a change for the 6’3” young man from Whitby, but one that he accepted and met with a terrific attitude and work ethic, which is evident to any of us who have watched him play, and have had the opportunity to get to know him.
Sean’s hockey career began in Whitby, where he was born on July 22nd, 1996. He played in Whitby up to A level, then went on to Richmond Hill to play AA, before heading back to Whitby to play Juvenile AAA. He then made the jump and the move away from home to play in Pembroke. In the meantime his family had moved to Lindsay.
When the Muskie / Lumber King deal was made, Sean was sent from a perennially strong Pembroke squad, where he had a record of 20 wins, 12 losses, and 1 tie, to a Lindsay team that was just beginning a youth based rebuild.
When asked about playing in both towns, Green had plenty of good things to say about each.
“Pembroke is a very good town to play hockey in, the town cares a lot about how the team does and a lot of fans come out to the home games. My rookie year was a good experience and a very good place to start my junior career. We made it to the league finals my first season, so that was a good experience to be part of. You are treated very well as a player and the organization gives you everything you need, the coaches were great there. I had 2 different billet homes. I had to move away from my first home because it was too far away from the high school, but both homes were amazing and treated me as if I was their own son. I was traded here in November of 2015, it was a bit of a change from living in Pembroke, but I got to live at home when I got here, so I can't complain about that. The teammates I've had here, have been amazing and have made it fun to play here”.
When asked about who influenced Sean throughout his career, it’s not surprising to any of us who are around the rink that he mentions his mom Karen, who has volunteered on game nights, and attended most games home and away over the last season and a half.
“I’d like to thank my parents for paying and driving me to all the hockey I had, no matter how far it was, my mom for pushing me and helping me get to the level I am at today”, he told me in a recent interview.
He’s also quick to thank the coaches he has had along the way.
“I’d also like to thank all the coaches, and the goalie coaches I've had over the years, especially Steve Davies, David Franco, Charlie Mctavish (my goalie coach in Pembroke), and also Greg Seiler for helping with the transition to Lindsay and helping me from the day I was traded here. I'd like to thank all of them for helping me develop through my Junior hockey years, not only as a goalie but as a person”.
Muskies goalie coach Greg Seiler was quick to offer his thoughts on Green as well.
“Sean is a very dedicated, knowledge seeking goaltender, who has a passion to becoming better every day”. He went on to say that Sean has a very high skill set, yet still has an open mind to new techniques and theories.
“I have had a great opportunity to have had the pleasure in working with Sean, sharing my thoughts and passion for the position, and try to help guide Sean through the difficult times Jr hockey can produce.
I would like to thank Sean for the respect and effort, in all the minor changes I suggested to him, to help improve his on ice product. His zone control and calm approach to the game this year has been a very noticeable improvement.
I wish Sean the very best of luck in his future hockey endeavours, and thank him for his attention he so willingly gave to me”, Seiler said by email.
Head Coach Dan West had plenty to say as well.
"Anytime a player reaches his last year and last game in Jr you reflect back on his career. I am sure Sean wishes he had more time to enjoy Jr, and is reflecting himself back on his Jr career and the twists and turns his path took. Sean has experienced the ups and downs that any Jr player faces. He is fortunate to have played until he is 20, as many do not, that is a testament to his talent, work ethic and commitment to being a 24/7 hockey player, not just a person who plays hockey”, said West via email.
He went on to say that he knows Sean has had the help, and support of many great people on and off the ice. “I wish Sean the very best in any future endeavors he chooses to fully invest himself into”.
As for what comes next for Green, there are a number of things still to be sorted out. He’s looking to continue playing hockey, while gaining an education in engineering.
“I’m talking to a few schools in the U.S., to possibly go there and play hockey, but I've also applied to a few Ontario universities, so if it doesn't work out, that I have a back up plan to get an education. Also there’s a possibility of playing CIS hockey, if I go to school in Ontario”.
As for myself, as the guy who covers the games and team events year after year, the thing that stands out most to me is Sean’s attitude, especially to the teams young fans. Prior to, and after every game, there are a number of youngsters who hang over the railing to greet the players. No matter how the game has gone, he always takes a moment to reach up with his stick and tap each of the smiling young fans.
This year the team held a Skate With The Muskies after each Sunday afternoon game. The last such match was on a day where Sean was under the weather, and the team had suffered a loss in that game. Regardless, as I waited with the kids to take pictures of the event, Green was the first one out of the dressing room and back onto the ice to meet with, talk to, and share goaltending tips with the kids.
Although the teams goaltending future looks solid, with the addition of Tyler Richardson this year, Sean Green will certainly be missed both on and off the ice.
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