HUMBOLDT — Bryson Cecconi’s interesting hockey journey has taken him from the west coast of Canada to the Humboldt Broncos.
The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team has certainly been glad to have the BC product this season. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has proven he can score and play physical.
“He brings tremendous speed,” Humboldt head coach Scott Barney said. “He is a strong player. He is probably one of the league’s best penalty killers for us.”
As of Sunday, Cecconi had eight goals and 21 points in 47 games. He has surpassed the seven goals and 13 points he posted in 44 games last season with two other SHL teams. In January, Cecconi recorded four points against the Melfort Mustangs with a goal and three assists. He has formed a strong line with Brayden Camrud and Logan Foster.
“I believe that hard work gives you opportunities to score,” he said. “I believe that’s what has helped me out throughout the season with points – just trying to outwork the other team and the points should come.”
Cecconi is second on the Broncos with 95 penalty minutes to Cole Kirkup’s 104, as of Sunday. He said he likes to be strong on the puck and physical.
“He has that physical edge,” said Barney, who noted that Cecconi leads by the way he plays. “He’s a great teammate. The guys know he always has their backs.”
Cecconi got his start in hockey on the northern Sunshine Coast of BC. His hometown is known for its perennially competitive BC Hockey League team.
“I grew up in Powell River going to Kings games – being a pretty big fan of the team,” Cecconi said.
Hockey led him to spend two seasons at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna and a year at the Pacific Coast Academy on Vancouver Island. As a 17-year-old, he played Junior B hockey in BC’s Okanagan Valley for the Osoyoos Coyotes. For his 18-year-old season, Cecconi headed to the SJHL.
“Going east was thanks to the Nipawin Hawks, who signed me in the summer of my rookie year and guaranteed me a spot to play,” he said, noting he was traded to Kindersley during last season.
In the offseason, Cecconi was tabbed by the Broncos in a dispersal draft the SJHL held to help rebuild the Humboldt team rebuild following the April 6 bus crash tragedy. Of the 10 players chosen, Cecconi is the lone one still with the team, although defenceman Mark Edmands arrived later as a future consideration from Estevan.
“I was selected in the dispersal draft, which was a very big honour that the managing staff in Humboldt liked the way I was playing the previous year in Kindersley,” Cecconi said.
Living with Dean and Torie Beuker, Cecconi has had fun on and off the ice in Humboldt.
“The most enjoyable part of playing for the Broncos is my teammates, who are always making hockey fun, and my billets who are always there for me with anything,” he said.