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Hockey Participant of the Yr Aiden Elliott of Alton

EAST ALTON — This summer season, you can probably discover Aiden Elliott working. Working laborious.

Elliott, 16, has had a objective in thoughts for some time now. And when he leaves for Boston subsequent month, it should mark the subsequent chapter in his story of working towards that objective.

The Nationwide Hockey League.

Elliott, who might be a junior this fall, spent the 2020-2021 faculty yr like different Alton Excessive College college students. Going to class or studying on-line from residence, all of the whereas attempting to work practices, if and once they had been being held. And video games? Hit or miss at finest – all due to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on us all.

“I wasn’t certain if I used to be going to play for the highschool staff,” Elliott mentioned.

Due to the pandemic, the Mississippi Valley Membership Hockey Affiliation initially cancelled its season, then later was capable of push it to spring and used a event format as an alternative of a daily season one.

Elliott’s AAA Blues staff was a primary precedence, however Elliott was capable of work it out in order that he performed most, however not all of the Redbirds’ video games.

“They requested me to play once more and I used to be glad,” he mentioned. “It’s enjoyable enjoying with my associates. I hadn’t actually ever performed hockey with them a lot.’

Elliott performed 11 video games in 2021 for the Redbirds within the MVCHA event format. Despite the fact that he’s a defenseman, he nonetheless led the staff in scoring with eight objectives. As a freshman, Elliott scored 12 objectives in 10 video games with the Redbirds.

For Elliott, although, any time he was capable of spend on the ice together with his Alton Excessive teammates was pleased.

“It was enjoyable,” Elliott mentioned. “We didn’t win as a lot as we needed to, however I actually preferred enjoying for my faculty.”

Alton went 3-2 throughout the pool portion of the event, then was 0-2 in double-elimination play.

Elliott’ faculty will change this fall. He’ll be enrolled on the North Shore Hockey Academy in Boston.

It is going to be a step towards reaching that objective of constructing it to the NHL.

“I’ll get much more publicity on the market,” Elliott mentioned. “A pal of thoughts (from AAA Blues) informed the coach there about me and we began speaking.

“There are lots of actually good hockey applications on the market, Boston Faculty Boston U., Harvard. There aren’t that many alternatives right here.”

The household will journey by automobile to Boston for the transfer. Gamers stick with host households throughout their time there.

“I’ve to be there Aug. 26, however we’ll in all probability get there a pair days forward of time.”

“(North Shore) simply employed Sean Tremblay,” mentioned Aiden’s mom, Jodie Elliott. “He’s the winningest juniors coach on the market and might be his advisor on the faculty, in order that’s a fantastic contact for him going ahead.”

The North Shore Hockey Academy was launched in 2020. It options groups in Below-18, Below-16 and Below-14 divisions. The college, hockey and coaching services are all housed there.A lot of the classwork is on-line.

Elliott began skating when he was 2 years outdated and began enjoying hockey when he was 4. Darin Kimble a former Blues participant was his coach for the primary 4 years that he performed with Twin Bridges Hockey Membership in East Alton.

Ultimately, with Kimble’s insistence, he began enjoying hockey in Chesterfield for Central States Squirt Division, and within the Spring performed for STL Elite which is a feeder staff to the AAA Blues. He performed a yr on the Central States staff, when he was invited by the coach of the AAA Blues to come back to spring hockey.

With a little bit longer than a month to go earlier than leaving to Elliott works out and prepares

“I’ll be fairly busy, although,” he mentioned. “I’ll miss my household and associates, however I’ll keep busy.”

Elliott is an efficient sufficient pupil to deal with the brand new function and work load.

“I’m OK,” he mentioned. “I’m enthusiastic about it, however on the similar time a little bit nervous. With faculty and hockey, I’ll be capable to come residence simply at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I believe.”

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