Player Profile: James Hellens

Assistant Captain of the Arrows, James Hellens took a few moments to tell us all his favorite hockey memories.

Congratulations on being named one of the Assistant Captains of the Arrows this season! How did you feel when you found out you had been chosen to be one of the Assistants?
Great as I really wanted the ‘A’.

What exactly is your role as Assistant Captain? Are there any special jobs or tasks you have?
I have to lead the team with a good example, run the warm up and support the Captain.

 What are your thoughts on the season so far?
We have won 1 game but the team is young, with only 4 top age players. It’s been hard but so far we are doing ok.

How do you think the new players who moved up from the Under 10’s in the summer have settled into the team? Did you find it hard moving from Under 10’s to Under 12’s?
They are doing really well and they are training hard. For me it was not hard as I had been playing for the Under 12’s since I was 8.

Some of the current Under 10’s players are also playing for the Arrows this season and still playing for the Under 10’s. How do you think they are coping playing faster, more physical hockey than they are used to?
They are doing really well as the Arrows are much quicker but they still try their best.

How long have you been playing Ice Hockey? How old were you when you started playing?
This is my 8th year playing and I started playing when I was 4 years old.

What position do you play?
I play left-wing but I can play defence also.

What shirt number do you wear? If you chose your own number, why did you pick that one?
I wear number 23 because my dad chose it because it was one of his favorite players number, and since then I have really liked the number.

Is there any advice you can give to anyone who wants to start playing Ice Hockey?
My advice is that they should go for it because it is a really fun sport with lots of good coaches.

What are your hockey ambitions?
My ambitions are to play for England and make it to the NHL.

Do you watch NHL? Do you support a particular team?
I don’t watch NHL a lot. My favourite NHL team has to be Pittsburgh Penguins.

Do you have a favourite NHL player?
My favourite NHL player is Sidney Crosby.

Do you watch Whitley Warriors? Do you have a favourite player?
Yes, I watch the Warriors but not all of the time. But when I do I have lots of fun watching them and my favourite player is number 26 Simon Hehir.

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