Nicky Garland is hoping to follow Trevor Lewis's example.
As part of a flashy freshman forward line a year ago, Garland led the Park City Miners hockey team in points and helped guide the team to an 11-3 regular-season record.
But Garland will be playing for another Miners team this year. According to Aaron Dufford, Park City's second-year head coach, Garland has moved to Colorado Springs to play in the AAA Pikes Peak Miners organization.
Ten years ago, another Utah hockey product, Trevor Lewis, joined the Pikes Peak Miners en route to a career with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. Lewis now has his name on the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils in the final round of the NHL playoffs last June.
With the loss of Garland and another member of that freshman line, Dufford will have his hands full this season trying to duplicate the success of last year's team. He said Derek Sederman has also moved on to play for the rival Alta Hawks this season leaving the third member of the line, Will Radovan, to find a new pair of line-mates this season.
However, Park City hockey fans will still see a Sederman in the lineup this season. Derek's older brother, Casey, has rejoined the team after a year away from hockey, Dufford said.
Local fans will also recognize some other familiar names from last year's team including Harry Hanskat, August Masquelier, TJ Mayo (Hanskat and Mayo also play on the PCHS golf team) and Noah Pranschke. Dufford said the team also has three very capable goaltenders in junior Brent O'Connell, who played last year, along with contenders Jackson Mercer and Cameron Kinkaid.
Also expected to see playing time on the varsity are freshman forward Will Miele, sophomore defenseman Sam Groves, who recently moved to Park City from the Midwest, and junior forward Carson Walker, who played mostly on the junior varsity a year ago. "He's improved tremendously over the past year," Dufford said.
The Miners are sharpening their skates in preparation for their season-opener on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Park City Ice Arena. The Miners are scheduled to face Derek Sederman's new team, the Alta Hawks so fans will be able to see two Sedermans (Sedermen?) in action Wednesday.
The junior varsity team begins its season Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11:15 a.m. at home, also against Alta.