Myles Zimmer is liking his new role. But if you ask him it’s not that different than his old role.
In his second season with the Prince George Cougars, Zimmer has stepped into the role which was occupied by his linemate from last season Dan Baum. Like Baum, he’s among the leaders in team scoring and penalty minutes. In 19 games this season Zimmer has 15 points (six goals and nine assists) while piling up 72 minutes in penalties and recording a plus 5.
Added to the 18 years old’s role on the team this year is a letter. Zimmer is one of the team’s three alternate captains and last month when Chris Falloon missed three games due to injury, Zimmer found himself wearing the “C”.
“It was a little different walking in the room and seeing the “C” on your jersey. I tried not to pay too much attention to it. I just tried to do the same thing, lead by example. I tried to keep it out of my head a little bit and not let it affect me,” said Zimmer.
But as far as he’s concerned he’s just doing what he’s been doing since he first put on the Cougars jersey.
“I guess I haven’t seen my role change too much. I try and do the same thing that I did every night last year. Go out and work hard and finish my checks. Go to the net and maybe score a few goals and do what needs to be done out there,” said the former national championship winner. Zimmer was part of the 2002 Tisdale Trojans who won the Air Canada Cup along with team mate Brett Parker.
“I don’t think it’s changed too much other than I’m an older guy and I have to provide some leadership. I have to help the younger guys who haven’t been in the league too long and keep them on track.
“It’s always a great honour to get a letter. I guess it’s an honour. And anytime anybody shows that much respect towards you it means a lot. I just go out there and lead the best I can.”
With a new head coach Zimmer expects big things for the rest of the season.
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster but everything is settled down. Now that the change is over and done with. On the Eastern swing, we didn’t get that many points there but we played hard every night. We came back here and played hard against Moose Jaw. Against Portland we did everything right. We did everything we need to do. We’re just getting better as a team. Everybody comes out to play and that’s what we need every night. We have a team right now where everybody comes to play and every body comes out and follows the systems. And I think we’re going to make some noise if we do that. I think we have the guys in the room to put together the team that can do something this year,” said Zimmer.