- Published: Friday, 31 March 2017 14:30
The sports star of the month for April goes to Jordan Blatz, who has been a fiercely dedicated athlete with the Morden Thunder hockey team, who won its third straight Zone 4 High School Hockey League championship earlier this hockey season.
"It's pretty cool and just an honour to be nominated, to begin with. I know there's a lot of athletes out there that could have easily won this award. I'm just thankful that Carmen (Wheeler) wanted to nominate me and I was able to win it."
Blatz was the captain of the Thunder this season and helped his team earn a first place finish in the league after the regular season with a 21-2-0-1 record, which was one point better than the Carman Cougars. Morden went on to beat the Cougars in the championship series, which Blatz stated he wasn't going to miss because of the shoulder injury he suffered earlier in the year.
"Since I've started sports I want to win. I also want the whole team to succeed," said Blatz. "It was my last year, but no matter what I think I would've came back from it. When you love the game so much you want to be playing all the time and you want to be there for your teammates and coaches. I've been blessed to have great people around me all my life. I just wanted to make the most of it for my last year and do what I could for my team."
In the entry for Blatz Carmen Wheeler had explained how determined, driven, and hardworking Blatz is and thought he should be recognized for his hard work.
"Mostly his drive and commitment to giving his best every time he goes out, with any of the sports he plays. For me, one of the biggest things is that he never needs to be acknowledged for all of the assets he has. He just goes out and does the best that he can every time," said Wheeler.
Wheelers entry for Jordan read as follows; Jordan Blatz of the Morden Collegiate Thunder hockey team is a fiercely dedicated athlete. This season he quietly led his team by example. Shutting down the opposition's top scorers game after game, and leading the league as the top scoring defencemen. After separating his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs he chose to push through extreme pain returning to play in the final series and lead his team to a 3rd consecutive Zone 4 banner. Blatz is a determined, hardworking, shutdown defencemen with offensive upside whose full out effort earns him the respect of those who play both for and against him!