Fashion Lighting Player Spotlight: Zach Poirier

By: Steph Coratti,

In June 2017, the Guelph Storm welcomed Zach Poirier to the team following a trade with the North Bay Battalion.

The Storm, looking to add experience and physicality to the line-up, was coming off two tough seasons with a young team.

Poirier, a 1998-born right winger, was ready to deliver.

“I was excited to have a fresh start,” Poirier said of the trade. “To meet the group of guys that we have here, knowing that they had been on a two-year rebuild.”

So far, the five-foot-11, 196-pound forward has played in just under 30 games for the Storm, registering three goals and a total of seven points with over 30 penalty minutes, along with an obvious physical presence.

“It’s been exciting,” Poirier offered of his time in the Royal City to this point. “We have a good team, and something that we can build on for the rest of this season, and next year.”

In addition to his physical game and experience, Poirier has brought an element of leadership to the Storm line-up, donning an ‘A’ for the team.

“I wasn’t expecting to be a captain when I came here, but obviously being an older guy you always have to be a leader,” Poirier explained of the role. “Even though I didn’t expect the letter, having a leadership role was.”

That standard certainly filters through to actions off the ice, with Poirier actively taking on an engaged role in the community since the beginning of the season – only one example of No. 7’s mellow and easygoing, yet always committed side.

Those that see that side will also say that it’s paired with a quick, but short whit – something that is evident when the 19-year-old describes his OHL career to date.

“Very average,” Poirier – the former 2014 OHL first round pick – dead-panned, quickly adding that it’s been exciting nonetheless.

However described, Poirier is proud of his career so far. Since beginning to play hockey at the age of two, there has been a fair share of success for the OHL veteran, spanning across a Silverstick championship, Under-17 Development Camp championship, and a Hlinka Memorial gold medal.

All accomplishments that Poirier credits to the two who have been there from the start.

“It was my mom and my dad,” Poirier said, adding that he thanks them for everything.

Now, Poirier – a forward who chose the position based on how much he liked scoring goals in minor hockey – looks to continue to work through his biggest challenge to date: staying consistent.

Originally from Newcastle, Ontario, Poirier moved to Mountain, Ontario when he was eight – a small town that offered up another challenge (or what most people would consider it to be) in travelling up to two and a half hours for hockey.

“I’d just have a nap in the car,” Poirier countered, offering another example of his mellow, good humour.

Although, beyond the easygoing exterior off the ice, from long car rides through almost four completed OHL seasons, when it’s all said and done, Poirier is nothing but proud of how far he’s come.

“It’s sticking with hockey,” he said of what he’s most proud of. “Knowing that it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, and making it this far in my career.”

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