St. Stephen Aces Jr. A Hockey Club

Griffin-Hefford back in groove with Aces

By Dave Kearsey

The Western Star – January 02, 2016

It was a test of his patience, no doubt, but Brady Griffin-Hefford made his presence known when he returned to the ice after a lengthy layoff from a fractured wrist.

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Griffin-Hefford, a rookie forward with the St. Stephen Aces of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, missed the first two months of the season after he fractured his wrist in an exhibition game Aug. 30, but returned to the ice in December where he had three goals and one assist in his first six games on the mainland.

Home enjoying the holidays with family and friends, Griffin-Hefford said it took him a few games to get back in the groove but his wrist is just fine and he was just happy to be back sooner rather than later.

“It was a great feeling getting back on the ice and playing with all the guys,” Griffin-Hefford said earlier this week from his family residence in Steady Brook.

The Aces enter the festive break holding down the cellar in the Roger Meek Division with a 6-22-1 record, but Griffin-Hefford said the team played some good hockey in December to get a few wins and played hard from start to finish so he’s hopeful it’s a sign of good things to come in the second half.

“Now we’re finally starting to understand that we can compete with everyone as long as we play an entire 60,” he said.

The six-foot-three, 195-pound winger played on the team’s top two lines in his foray into junior hockey this month. He admits it took him a couple of games to get in a groove, but his wrist is showing no ill effects and he’s feeling good about where his game was before the break.

He knows he has work to do to improve his stock so he wants to work hard to ensure he brings more to the table in an effort to point the expansion franchise in the right direction.

“The only thing I have to work on I think is just to make sure I got my feet moving at all times and I got to use my shot a lot more when I get the opportunity,” he said.

He will be back in action Jan. 6 when the Aces tangle with the Truro Bearcats, who just happens to have former Kings defender Jamie Penney patrolling the blueline in his rookie campaign.

It will be the first time the two friends have lined up against each other.

He doesn’t plan on going looking for a big hit on Penney, but he’s a gamer so he knows he has to put friendships aside when he puts the jersey on.

Will he run him over if he gets in his way?

“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said.

Of course, he had a great time home for the holidays and has a few more days to share with loved ones.

The highlight of his Christmas was the annual 4-on-4 ball hockey game in Steady Brook with two dozen of his former Kings teammates always up for a game of puck during the holidays.

It was a great tournament for the host team it would appear.

“The Cup is staying in Steady Brook for the first time in a while,” he said with a light chuckle.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 6 vs Truro Bearcats, 7pm

Saturday, Jan. 23 vs Campbellton Tigers, 7pm

Saturday, Jan. 30 vs Yarmouth Mariners, 7pm

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