MELFORT — Growing up in Melfort, Tyson Meyers wanted to one day play for his hometown Mustangs.
The now 20-year-old forward has achieved that and more. Last season Meyers helped the team to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League finals. Now in his third and final season with the club, he has been named its captain.
“Being the captain for the Mustangs means a lot to me,” Meyers said. “Growing up as a kid, I watched the Mustangs and I knew I wanted to play one day. Being named captain is an honour, especially in my hometown.”
Last week the Mustangs swept its two-game series with the Flin Flon Bombers. The Melfort team won 4-1 on the road on Tuesday and 4-3 in overtime on Thursday at home with Ryley Lanthier scoring the winning goal. The Mustangs stopped Flin Flon’s five-game winning streak and leapfrogged the Bombers to move into second place in the SJHL standings. As of Sunday, Melfort had a 13-4-2-1 record. Their 29 points put them just behind league-leading Battlefords (19-1-0-0), who had 38, in the standings.
Meyers is important to the Mustangs in various ways. In addition to his leadership, Meyers is counted on for his defence. As well, he is on pace for his best offensive season. Meyers has 13 points and six goals in 17 games after posting five goals and 20 points in 34 games
The captain, whose father Dan served as a Mustangs assistant coach from 2015 to 2019, said it has been a blessing to play for the Mustangs.
“Being able to play where you grew up and knowing most of the community just makes it that much better,” Meyers said. “The community itself is very supportive and always willing to volunteer.”
He said, for him, the best part of playing for the Mustangs has always been the team.
“We have always been so close like a family,” Meyers said. “Just showing up to the rink whether it’s practice or games, we take it seriously but also have fun doing it.”