SIOUX CITY | Grant Newman’s hockey career continues to unfold right before his eyes.
A soon-to-be East High School senior, Newman is part of the 20-man Team Midwest roster which will tune up for the Midwest High School Hockey League season when it begins a series of preseason games Sept. 9 in the Twin Cities against the Minnesota Magicians, one of several games against AAA-level competition.
A defenseman, Newman is the Sioux City Metros’ lone representative on a MHSHL-dominated squad coached by Nicholas Harrahill of the Omaha Junior Lancers. Tryouts were held last Saturday in Ames for a Team Midwest squad which will conclude the preseason schedule at the Silver Stick Regionals Oct. 6-8 in Westminister, Colo.
Newman had five assists in the 2015-16 season for a Metros squad that took third in the MHSHL’s season-ending varsity tournament. Last season, he had three goals and nine assists for the Dave LeGree-coached squad that took second at the MHSHL varsity tournament.
In April, Newman accompanied teammates Tanner Frerichs, James Page and Drake Beller to the America Showcase in Pittsburgh, Pa., where they played on a MHSHL all-star roster.
“Grant is a big-bodied power defenseman,” said Harrahill. “He takes away time and space and makes the game go faster than any opposing forward would like. Grant controls the game from behind his own net all the way to the offensive zone and shows poise all the way down the ice.
“He will be a key leader for his Sioux City Metros this season. I look forward to having his leadership, poise and strength on Team Midwest for the pre-season. More importantly, he is just a great young man.”
Newman will play for a Team Midwest squad that won the Silver Stick regional and earned a trip to the International Finals in Sarnia, Ontario.
Prior to competing in the Silver Sticks regional, Team Midwest will play AAA competition that also includes the well-known Shattuck St. Mary’s program that produced former Sioux City Musketeers goaltender Kyle Hayton and NHL talent such as Sidney Crosby of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Between 18 to 20 games will be played in the weeks prior to the start of the MHSHL season. Nine of the league’s 12 teams have at least one player on the roster.
“The goal of this team is for players to play higher competition than they would during the regular season, build new friendships, get scouted and compete,” said Harrahill.