The Portage Terriers are excited to announce the commitments of local talents and Central Plains U-18 graduates Cody Blight (02) and Kian Calder (02).
Blight (6’1-183) started the 2019-20 season in the MJHL with the Selkirk Steelers and put up 2 points in 13 games. He was acquired by Portage in the trade involving Sheldin Howard and Brett Namaka. He played one game for Portage before finishing the season with the Central Plains Capitals. “I learned that you have to always keep going. When I came back [to AAA from the MJHL] my confidence was low, but then it started to grow and I started to put up points,” says Blight. “It felt pretty good to get out there last year and get a taste of what is to come”.
The Oakville product tore up AAA posting 39 points in 25 games. “I’m a fast offensive player that likes to make plays.” He looks to make the jump to the Terriers full time next season. He says it was an easy decision to commit to Portage.
“I had a couple of offers from different places, but Portage is my hometown team. It has such a winning history and I have friends on the team. I felt it was going to be the best place for me to develop my game”.
Calder (5’10”-192) has also had a taste of MJHL action, playing one game for Portage in the 2018-19 season. The young captain spent last season leading the Capitals from the blueline with 59 points in 43 games. The physical two-way defenceman feels that experience will prepare him for the MJHL. “I played in a lot of positions I wouldn’t have if I played with the Terriers. I think I am ready to do that with the Terriers now.”
Calder’s family has a rich history with Portage, “My brother [Logan] is with them right now, there are a lot of family ties. My Grandpa, Dad and two of my Uncles have played there, plus it is in my hometown. I think it was the right decision for me.”