By Josh Brown, Waterloo Record
Hockey almost passed Justin Auger by. The Guelph Storm forward was about seven when he took his first slap shot during a ball hockey game on a side street in Waterloo.
“My parents were never into the sport,” said the 18-year-old. “I learned to play from a neighbour on my street. If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be in the game.”
As it turned out, Auger was hooked.
“I asked my parents to play,” he said. “At that time, it was already past the sign up date. I think they thought I’d forget about it. But the next year roles around and I still remember.”
And Auger’s hockey career is launched.
It starts with Waterloo minor hockey, progresses to the Jr. B Waterloo Siskins and now it’s flourishing with the Storm. With 15 goals and 14 assists, the sophomore forward has already more than doubled his rookie season output.
Storm general manager Mike Kelly credits the towering winger as one of a handful of second year players that have stepped up to help his club become a contender this season. Guelph currently sits fifth in the OHL’s western conference with a record of 29-17-1-4.