Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gawryletz making an impression in the AHL

Former Trail Smoke Eater and Trail native Travis Gawryletz is having a break out season in professional hockey. He started the year with Elmira in the ECHL and made an impression. Travis was +15 in only 16 games while adding 6 points. His responsible and smart game was a big reason why he got the call to Lake Erie in the AHL. It's difficult for a guy without an NHL prospect contract to stick on an American Hockey League roster, but Travis was able to do it. Again he made it work by making the smart and simple play.

Recently Travis signed an AHL deal to take him through the remainder of the season. He is a +9 with 5 points through 27 games with the Monsters. This is a player who doesn't put up huge flashy numbers. Instead he is making an impression by making sure he does all those small things right... those small things that win hockey games.

I had a chance to catch up with Travis while he was back home in Trail during the AHL All-Star break. It's good to see his hard work pay off. A lot of people just pay attention to a prospect's counting numbers. However, the pro scouts are also looking for guys who you can go to war with. By winning the trust of his coach and teammates Travis appears to be on his way up.

Travis Gawryletz on Mountain FM's Overtime

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