With this one last year to play junior hockey, Chad Watt knew he needed to go somewhere that had a good reputation for development and advancement.
By Joshua Boyd
“I’m from California, but I knew a player who had played in the Potomac Patriots organization and they had a good experience,” said Watt. “As an older guy, I would have the opportunity to play a lot. The organization is run well, and it provides a great experience. I’ve played for a couple of teams, and the Patriots run a first-class organization for Tier-3. They have a really good setup.”
Watt, who is in his third year as a junior hockey player, has made an immediate impact as a ’97 veteran presence. He scored 12 goals and 28 points in 28 games. He is one of only five ’97’s on the 2017-18 Patriots roster.
“Chad has been one of our more consistent contributors throughout the first half of the season, and he has really elevated his play as of late,” said the Patriots’ Premier head coach Zachary Vit. “He scored in three straight wins, including both goals in a 2-1 win over Atlanta heading into the Thanksgiving break.
“Additionally, Chad has brought a lot to our team off the ice, leading by example with great work ethic and commitment,” Vit added.
Watt went right to work, scoring a point in each of his first four games this season. It goes back to that personal push to be a leader.
“I’m just trying to lead by example, and I’ve been fortunate enough to play with some good guys,” said Watt. “My greatest strengths are my vision and hockey sense, and I’ve always had a knack for scoring around the net.”
He is also scoring like the dickens to attract the attention of a NCAA Division 3 college.
“Hopefully, I can obtain some interest from some good schools,” added Watt. “I’ve talked to a couple schools, and I’ve been on a visit to Stevenson University.”
As good as the season has gone, Watt still has a solid checklist of what he wants to do better in order to make that NCAA dream come true.
“I’m hoping to amp up the physicality aspect of my game, and then probably just my overall compete level,” said Watt. “So far, this season, we’ve been facing a lot of adversity. This is a young group, and in the second half of the season, we need to start making a push here if we want to succeed. We have to get out of our growing pains.”
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