It’s looking like Joseph Serpa is in collection mode for jerseys around the region.
The Cambridge native grew up through the Hawks minor hockey system, played with the Waterloo Siskins last year, and is now about to begin his first full season with the Kitchener Rangers.
Serpa did get in nine games with the Rangers last year, on top of what turned out to be 68 games with the Siskins (regular season and playoffs) and a GOJHL Sutherland Cup Championship.
"I played a lot of hockey,” he said of the run, “I played for a lot longer than a lot of my buddies who were also in the (GOJHL). It was tough towards the end. But even though everyone was playing for so long, every single game, deeper and deeper into the playoffs got more intense and everyone just wanted it even more.”
“It was a great experience to go all the way to the finals and win it, especially in Game 7 overtime."
Serpa put up 18 points in the GOJHL season, and another 14 in the playoffs, most of the assist variety.
Not surprising for a guy that takes pride in his playmaking ability.
"For me, I think my biggest strength is making plays,” he said, “I feel really confident when I have the puck on my stick, to be able to get my head up and make plays, find open guys and pass the puck really well."
He’s off to a good start, scoring four points in the three Preseason Showcase games, even coming back to play Sunday afternoon after taking a massive hit late in the Saginaw game Saturday night.
The best part would be his ability to take in information, and looks eager to learn more from head coach Jay McKee.
“He's a great coach,” Serpa said, “I love coming to the rink with him coaching me because he just knows the game so well. I really like going in his office, doing the video, all that stuff.”
“I just feel like that is something where you can really take your game to the next level.”
At this new level, the sky is the limit for Serpa, who will be eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.