HUMBOLDT — Humboldt Broncos forward Bryson Cecconi is focused on capping his junior career in style.
“This year is really important to me because of the opportunities in university hockey, but also to finish my junior career on a high with a winning team,” said the 20-year-old, who is playing in his third and final Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season.
As of Oct. 10, Cecconi had helped the Broncos to a top five placing in the SJHL standings. The Powell River, B.C. product had certainly played a big role in the team’s success. Cecconi was third on the Broncos in points and second in goals.
“Bryson has been a bright spot here early on,” Humboldt head coach Scott Barney said. “He has not only led on the ice, but in the room with the younger players. He is really taking pucks to the net, shooting every opportunity he can, and getting to the net – battling. He’s been great on the [powerplay] and great on the [penalty kill].
Before the weekend’s games, Cecconi had five goals and eight points in 10 games. That has the 6-foot, 190-pounder on pace to surpass the 11 goals and 27 points he posted in 55 games in 2018-19.
“What allowed me to have success in the early parts of this year is the work I put in this summer training and a mentality to be more offensive this season,” Cecconi said.
He has usually playing on the right wing on a line with Braiden Koran that is centered by Karter McNarland. When Barney was asked about Cecconi’s strengths, he said:
“His speed is his biggest asset. He’s strong. He’s powerful when gets that puck,” said Barney, who noted that the veteran gets a lot of breakaways by using his speed and getting himself into the right position.
After a season playing Junior B in his home province, Cecconi spent his 18-year-old season split between the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks and Kindersley Klippers. In 2018, he was chosen by the Broncos in a special dispersal draft held to help the team restock its roster after that year’s bus crash tragedy that claimed 16 lives and injured 13, including current Broncos captain Graysen Cameron.
“When I was drafted to Humboldt, I was beyond honoured to be a part of the rebuilding of the team, and ever since I have really enjoyed my time in Humboldt,” Cecconi said.
Cecconi, the lone player remaining with the team from that draft, is pleased to be capping his junior career with the Broncos. He billets with Tori, Dean and Dayne Beuker.
“They have been so kind to me throughout my time in Humboldt and have really welcomed me into their family,” Cecconi said. “Humboldt, for me, is a second home.”