Ott Reflects on Record-Breaking Rookie Season

Shane Ott (Centennial, CO) has put together a solid first season of Junior ‘A’ hockey with the Drumheller Dragons.

In some respects, the first season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League ended the way it started for the 18-year-old. It certainly started well. Ott recorded seven points in the first two games of his career and was awarded the AJHL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2018-19 season.

As it goes with most seasons, there were ebbs and flows in terms of production for Ott throughout the year, but he used those down times to focus on improving his all around, 200-foot game. It’s an understanding that Ott credits to his coaches.

“I’ve learned a ton from coach Kevin (and Kenton), they’ve taught me so much about playing Junior ‘A’ hockey,” explains Ott. “The lessons I’ve learned from them, how good you can be away from the puck, whether that’s defence or offence.”

Ott hit the Dragons rookie record books when he posted a 3-assist night (36, 37, 38) in February, surpassing former Dragon Brandon Knelsen’s rookie record of 37 set back in 2005-06. Ott once again credits his teammates for helping him reach the mark and says it feels pretty good all the same.

“Amazing, if I had one word to describe it. I couldn’t have done it with these guys obviously. It’s pretty easy when they get themselves open. My linemates Budz and Risk can find the back of the net like anyone, so they made it easy and I just played my game and it compliments the team’s game.”

In 58 games Shane Ott posted 16 goals, 40 assists, 56 points and finished second in team scoring on the Drumheller Dragons during the regular season.