Valley Jr. Warrior forward Brad Estrada brings some of his West Coast hockey experience to an otherwise New England based team.
The California native has been skating his whole life joining his first hockey team at the tender age of four. His interest in hockey started with his parents and their season tickets to the Anaheim Ducks.
During his youth he played for a number of programs like The Jr. Ducks, California Wave, LA Selects. He then moved onto juniors where he shipped off to Canada playing in both Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Estrada is in his final year of juniors and first year with the Warriors. He is second on the team in points with 5 goals and 1 assist for a total of 6 points in his 8 games played so far this season.
Estrada has high hopes for the season both for the team and individually.
“First off as a team I want to win a championship, that would be awesome for my last year. And then personally I set some goals for myself, I want to get committed to a good school both academically and hockey wise,” said Estrada.
The 5’11” power forward is known for putting a lot of shots on net and creating plays as well as getting into the corners and blocking shots when necessary.
Playing on the West Coast and in Canada, Estrada has adapted to different styles of the game throughout his hockey career which has contributed to the type of player he is today.
“There’s differences all over, the first place that I played in Canada was a skilled game, a lot of skilled players, players that came down from the OHL and whatnot and then I got traded over to the MJ and that was more of a men’s league, a lot of hitting, a lot of fights, old school Canadian hockey. And then down here it’s kind of a mix of both you have to still be physical but there’s also some skill that goes into.”
The EHL team hits the ice next on Sunday, October 14 taking on the Connecticut Chiefs with puck drop at 12:05 pm.