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Defenceman Braydon Hogarth graduates after five seasons on Hornets

April 9, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

A lifelong defenceman, #55 Braydon Hogarth wrapped up his Junior hockey career this season after playing five seasons with the Alliston Hornets of the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

Braydon played 164 games for the Hornets starting in the 2015/16 season.

“I started as a 17-year-old rookie,” Braydon explained of his start with the Club. “I played my 16-year-old year in AAA in Barrie. A former player talked to a couple of people and Darren Shannon (former Hornets coach) reached out to me and we went forward.”

He started out as a defenceman and played the position for his entire hockey career.

“I started playing when I was five. I tried forward, but my parents said I was always skating back to protect the net. It was kind of a natural thing to be on D and I’ve been there every since.”

Over the five seasons, he’s been part of some real Hornets history including a couple of division championships and trips to the Schmalz Cup playoffs.

“My first and second year I really enjoyed,” he said of his time on Alliston ice and the seasons that stood out the most for him. “Probably my second year, we had a really solid team. As team we were really strong talent-wise. We didn’t get the final finish we really wanted but those were some really big years. Those two years were probably my favourites. We had some really good role models and a talented team that helped me get to where I was in my final couple of years.”

Playing with the Hornets for his entire Junior career was an overwhelmingly positive experience for Braydon.

“I’m glad I was there for my whole career. It was great. I made a lot of friends. It was a different experience than minor hockey. You’re more of a family and the organization was great. They were there for whoever needs it. I think the Hornets are a really good organization for keeping a core group for many years and continuing to win.”

The fact that the 2019/20 season came to such an abrupt end was disappointing Braydon said, but he was glad the team finished the season with a win.

The Hornets were told it would be their last game of the year after the second period of the first game of the Division championship series with the Stayner Siskins.

“It was definitely difficult news to hear during the middle of a game that your season was about to be over,” Braydon said. “Obviously I wasn’t happy, but I think we wanted to win that one game to finish it off and finish the year off with a win. We wanted to go out with a bang. That was my mindset going out in the third period – we got to pull this win out. We scored in the second with five seconds left. That was huge for us to go out in the third with a lead. I was happy to get a win out of it and finish off my career with a win with those guys.”

With his junior hockey career over, Braydon is going to concentrate on his school work and complete his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph.

He is not sure about his future plans on the ice but he would like to remain involved in hockey in some capacity and would like to continue with the Hornets organization in some capacity.

“I like to reach out and help with the Hornets any way I can.”



         


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