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Dream Come True for Justin Spurrell
Submitted By jhamilton on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
For U16 (MM) AAA Brampton 45's Captain Justin Spurrell, being selected by the Soo Greyhounds was a shock and took his breath away but was a dream come true.

We recently chatted with Justin Spurrell from the U16 (Minor Midget) AAA team who was drafted by the Soo Greyhounds in the 10th Round (184th overall) of the OHL Priority Selection (Draft). Needless to say he is very excited at the opportunity of being a part of the Greyhounds association and hopes to be able to help them out in the near future.

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Height: 6”1

Weight: 155

Position: Right Wing

Shot: Right

2019-20 Stats: 6 Goals 10 Assists 

Here is what he had to say:

Tell us about your draft day experience (where you were, who was with you, how were you watching, etc.)
At the time of when the draft was happening I was sitting down on my couch with my dad and sister watching it on my phone waiting to see if my name would appear. But in the 10th round (round I was selected) I left the draft/selection broadcast to go make my self some lunch, as soon as I had got off the broadcast I got a call from the Greyhounds GM congratulating me. When I got the call I was shocked and was at a loss of breath. My heart was racing and I didn’t know what to say. 

You have some time to reflect now on the draft... What it means to you to have been drafted to the Soo Greyhounds?
It’s an honor to be selected by such a historic and great organization. When I heard that they were taking a look at me and how I played, I said to myself “I want and wish to be drafted by this organization badly”. It’s a dream come true getting drafted by such an organization like the Greyhounds and I couldn’t ask for anything better than this opportunity. 

Have you spoken with the team? What have they told you?
At this moment in time, I haven’t spoken with them in person or any players on the team but I have spoken to the Kyle Raftis (GM of the Greyhounds). I had spoken to him thanking him for selecting me, I talked to him about how and when the rookie camps would work because we are in lockdown. 

What do you like about the Greyhounds?
What I like about the Greyhounds is the organization. They offer such a variety of options for you to train. The Greyhounds have been very gracious, they have sent me many emails emails and calls congratulating me and welcoming me to their family. Which means everything to a newer member of the organization. 

What do you think you will bring to the Soo Greyhounds should you play for them?
I think I’m a strong 2-way forward with a hard nosed game. I’m willing to get into the dirty areas to get pucks out and to other players. I’m also willing to sacrifice in certain situations whether that would be blocking shots or sticking up for a teammate. On the flip side, in the offensive end, I try to be a creative player on the ice. I try to create space for myself to make plays for my teammates. I think my passing ability is a real key component to my play. I pride myself in my 200 foot game and being responsible in all three zones. Like anybody I still have a lot to learn but would love nothing more than to learn with this organization. 

What do you need to do to be on the opening day roster next season?
Things that I need to work on to make that roster is: build more muscle and strength. From playing in the OMHA to the OHL is a whole different level of speed and physicality. If I can work on getting strong and more physical I will be able to be more effective. Lastly, my skating and edge work. If I can improve on being faster and better edge work, this can help not only myself but also my teammates, because I will be able to create more space and opportunities for the team. 

How are you preparing now and over the summer to further your development in hopes of being on the team?
Since we are all in lockdown, sadly there isn’t much to do. But to better my chances of making the roster, I’m running 6 kilometers almost every day. I do squats and bench press along with some leg presses in my basement. I am doing push-ups and chin ups to build that needed muscle to be at that OHL level. 

How would you describe your style of play?
Like I have previously mentioned I describe myself as a 2-way forward, that is willing to get into dirty areas for the puck. I’m willing to play a role that makes our team successful. I try to be a creative player. 

Who is your favourite player? Do you model your game on them?
My favourite player is Auston Matthews on the Toronto Maple Leafs. I like to model my game after Blake Wheeler. He is a two way players who’s responsible in all three zones. Blake Wheeler plays a very good 200 ft. game. He is threat from anywhere when he has the puck. He is also willing to block shots and go into dirty areas. He creates his own space and capitalizes on his chances. I try to emulate his game as much as I can. 

Congatulations Justin, we are very proud of you and wish you all the best moving forward!

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