DETROIT – The Motor City Hockey Club has again looked out of town for its latest player signed for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Duane Sugarhead, a 2001-born forward from Thunder Bay, Ont., played in the GMHL last season and was looking for a change of atmosphere to keep improving his game.
“I can play any position besides goalie,” said Sugarhead. “I ended up signing with Motor City through my adviser, who is a good friend with (Motor City coach-GM) Jason McCrimmon. Plus, I feel like Motor City will be a good place for me to develop my hockey for the next level.
“I think it would be a great experience for me to leave the country for juniors because I feel like that’s where the best hockey is.”
During the 2019-20 season in 30 games combined with the West Nipissing Lynx and Northumberland Stars, Sugarhead posted five assists.
The previous season, he captained the Fort William Canadiens’ 18U team.
McCrimmon is anxious to see how Sugarhead’s game will evolve next season.
“’Sugar’ is going to bring experience and a different dimension to our program,” said McCrimmon. “He is going to be a force on our special teams from Day 1. I'm excited to be a part of his development as we work together to get him to the next level.”
Looking to the future, Sugarhead can’t wait to make the trip south of the border.
“I’ve heard that Motor City is a top-tier team in the league, and I would love to be in it,” Sugarhead said. “I didn’t know much until I talked with Coach and did my own research. I feel I can bring a solid offense and defense with speed to the team, along with competitiveness and discipline.
“My short-term goals are to make this team better for what I bring to the plate and to have a high point season. My long-term goal is to make a college hockey team within the next few years.”