When selecting team captains, there are a number of things that coaches consider. Does the player exhibit hard work and determination on the ice? Do they represent themselves and their team admirably off the ice? And do they do those things consistently, day in and day out, setting an example for all players on the team?
In the case of Keith Getson, all three questions can be answered with a resounding yes. As the Charlottetown Islanders’ most-tenured player, Getson entered the season as the de facto leader of the forward group. By the end of the season, he found himself part of many highlight moments for the team, due in large part to his hard work ethic and consistent play.
As the top eight scorers from the 2016-2017 Islanders graduated to the pro and university ranks in 2017-2018, Getson found himself in a top-six role alongside linemates Pascal Aquin and Matthew Grouchy. For Getson, it was an opportunity to show that he was more than a third line role player. He began to display that last season; Getson set career highs in goals (17), assists (17), and points (34) in 2016-2017. With lots more ice time available to him in 2017-2018, Getson was poised to break out.
At the beginning of the season, goals were hard to come by for the Islanders. One player who didn’t suffer from the early struggles was Getson. In the eight games to start the season, Getson scored five of the eleven goals the team had scored.
Eventually, his determined play, and the return of running mate Pascal Aquin from suspension, righted the ship for the Islanders, and set Getson up for an even greater offensive output.
During the Islanders’ torrid run through the month of November, the combination of Getson, Aquin, and Grouchy torched opposing teams on offense. Getson led the charge with 4 goals, 9 assists, and 13 points in 10 November games.
Getson’s play stayed consistent through December and January, as his linemates began shuffling around. Following the trade of Matthew Grouchy to Quebec, Getson and Aquin found themselves playing with a host of different linemates as head coach Jim Hulton tried to optimize output from his top line.
As Feburary rolled around, Getson saw his production spike again. He added another 13 points in 13 games, as the Islanders marched towards the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
It was during these playoffs that Getson earned the moniker of “playoff performer”. Getson kicked off the playoffs with a hat trick in Game 1 against Quebec and didn’t turn back. He finished the playoffs fifth among all players with 10 goals. His three game-winning goals were good for second in the entire league.
Getson finished the regular season third on the Islanders with 20 goals, 29 assists, and 49 points in 68 games, one of only 3 Islanders to play in every game this season. His play throughout the season caused him to move up the ladder in many of the Islanders individual records; Getson now sits sixth in Islanders history in career goals (44), assists (61), and points (105). His 253 games played in an Islander uniform put him first all-time.
Keith Getson has represented all the core values of the Charlottetown Islanders throughout his QMJHL career. There’s no doubt he’ll continue his strong play heading in to his fifth and final season in the league.
Don’t forget to pick up your 2017-2018 season tickets to see Keith and the rest of your Charlottetown Islanders all season long!