Charlottetown Islanders defenseman Brendon Clavelle didn’t spend too much time away from Prince Edward Island this offseason, and he’s certainly enjoyed it.
“It’s been great, I’ve been on the Island since the start of July, skating with [Islanders assistant coach] Brad Mackenzie and working at Andrew’s [Hockey School]. It’s been a lot of fun.”
When on the ice with Mackenize, Clavelle says he’s been working to improve his speed.
“I’ve been trying to get faster. That was my goal coming off of this past season.” Said the defender from Kapuskasing, Ontario. “I’ve been working on my foot speed and trying to get faster. I’ve lost a bit of weight, so it’s been going really well.”
Outside of the rink, Clavelle has been using his time to explore the many wonders of PEI. Namely, the beaches and golf courses.
“I’ve been going to the beach every Saturday” said Clavelle. “I think Basin Head has to be top of the list so far. It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s so worth it.”
Luckily for Clavelle, PEI has been experiencing quite the heatwave this summer. All of these sunny days have made it easier for him to take in the Gentle Island.
“The weekends are amazing. I’m a pretty big golfer, so I try to get out there too.”
“I’ve been to Fox Meadow, Belvedere, all the ones close to Charlottetown really. I want to try to get out to Crowbush, I’ve heard it’s a beautiful course.”
Clavelle had a solid season developing into his role alongside defense partner Hunter Drew. Amidst battling injuries, Clavelle posted seven assists in 56 regular season games. He turned it on in the playoffs, registering his first career QMJHL goal in Game 5 of Charlottetown’s first round series against the Quebec Remparts. He’d finish the playoffs with one goal and six assists in 18 games.
With training camp set to begin next weekend, Clavelle’s focused both on improving personally and as a team.
“Really I’m just trying to improve from last year, especially as a team.” Said Clavelle. “We were so close, you know, in Game 7. It still stings a little bit, I think we could have given a good shot to Bathurst.”
“I wanna be back there together as a team, and I’m gonna do everything in my power to get back to the spot we were in.”