He may have only played in one game with the Charlottetown Islanders, but last season was an entire year of growing and learning for Dominic Hachey.
The 17-year-olds Major Midget Moncton Flyers team won the league championship and went on to lose by one goal in the finals of the Atlantic Championships to the Cape Breton West Islanders.
Cape Breton West eventually won the National Championship.
As disappointing as it was for Hachey and the Flyers to lose in the finals, he was extremely proud of his team, as well as himself.
“I think this season, I really showed people what I was capable of doing, not only in the defensive zone, but also in the offensive zone,” said Hachey. “It was definitely a special season.”
Hachey won the top defenceman award at the Atlantic Championships, which he says was the “icing on the cake” for himself.
He had 8 goals and 13 assists in 34 regular season games. In the playoffs, he scored two more times, and added six assists in 10 games.
Throughout his year in his hometown of Moncton, Hachey kept in regular contact with the Islanders staff, he said.
“I was told they liked the consistency in which I brought every game for the Flyers and they told me they wanted to see me improve on the things we had talked about after my first training camp.”
On November 4 in Charlottetown, Hachey played his first game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“I am very grateful I got to experience my first game last year. It’s not something you forget overnight and I just really enjoyed my experience. Looking back now, maybe I would have done a few things differently but I think it’s like that for every game. All in all, I was pretty proud of my performance.”
Hachey would have liked his first game to be a win, but that wasn’t the case. The Islanders fell 5-1 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Now, as Hachey prepares for his second training camp with the Islanders, he is a little more prepared than a year ago.
“If you want to give yourself the best chance once camp begins, you want to have a strong summer in the gym and keep a clean diet so that when you do get to camp, you feel good and are confident in your abilities.”
Once camp begins, Hachey is looking forward to playing his style and giving it his all in hopes of making the team.
“Cracking the roster isn’t going be easy but I’m ready for the challenges that are going to come with the process. Having lived in Charlottetown and experienced the lifestyle for a few weeks last season gave me a taste of what it is like and I’m hungrier than ever to get things rolling.”
The 6-foot, 170 lb defenceman, who the Islanders selected in the 6th round of the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft in Charlottetown, will be someone to watch this August/September, when training camp begins.
“I’m ready to make a name for myself on the Island and I feel like not only me, but also the 2017/18 Islanders will surprise a lot of people in a positive way this upcoming season.”
Training camp opens on August 21 in Cornwall. The puck drops for the regular season on September 22 at the Eastlink Centre, when the Islanders take on the Moncton Wildcats.