A young prospect created quite a bit of buzz this week at Hurricanes training camp. Jordy Bellerive looks like he could be a western hockey league star in the making. The ‘Canes second overall pick in the 2014 WHL draft fit right in. In fact, according to Hurricanes Head Coach Drake Berehowsky he looked like he could play in the dub right now.
“He’s pretty special. I wish I could sign him today.”
Unfortunately for the ‘Canes, Bellerive is just fifteen and won’t be able to play with the team until next season, but nevertheless expectations are sky high for the highest draft choice in franchise history. But Bellerive is ready for the challenge.“People ask what’s it like being the highest prospect like you said. You know what, it’s just a number really and I still have to earn my spot in this organization.”
Jordy isn’t the first Bellerive to make it big in hockey. The game’s in his blood. His brother Matt plays for Vancouver and is going into his fifth season in the Western Hockey League who has passed along the in’s and out’s of the league.
“He’s probably had the biggest impact on my career so far. He’s mentored me and showed me the way my whole life. I honestly can’t say enough about how much he’s taught me throughout the years.”
Known for his skating, vision, and lightning quick release Bellerive has all the tools to be a fabulous WHL player. According to Drake Berehowsky it’s not just his on-ice skill that make him special. Berehowsky believes he has the right character to go far, saying. “When I ask around people in the area where he grew up in BC. They say he’s got the character and the leadership that we’re looking for.”
This season Bellerive will play what is likely his final year of minor hockey at the Okanagan Hockey Academy, but he knows it won’t be long before he pulls on the Hurricanes uniform.“Playing as a high prospect obviously that’s something special, but it’s really something cool to know you’re going to be in the Western Hockey League someday,” said Bellerive.