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Former P.E.I. Rocket captain Josh Currie
Josh Currie will be looking to turn some heads in the desert next month as he chases his dream of playing professional hockey.
The Charlottetown resident will be attending the Phoenix Coyotes’ development camp from July 8 to 12. They were one of five teams to express interest in having him at camp.
“They’re showing a significant amount of interest,” Currie said.
“My goal is to go down there and hopefully win them over and get a contract. That’s the only way I am thinking. I don’t want to put any doubts in my mind. It’s a big opportunity, so I want to make the most out of it when I go down there.”
The 20 year old is coming off a season that saw him score 49 goals and set up 55 more in 68 games as captain of the P.E.I. Rocket. His 104 points put him third in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring race, behind teammate Ben Duffy and Halifax Mooseheads winger Jonathan Drouin.
Currie, who was a finalist for the league’s MVP award, said it was nice to get interest from the professional teams.
“It’s a good confidence booster,” he said. “I just have to make sure I am in the best shape of my life when I go down there and hopefully impress them enough and hopefully maybe get a contract out of it.”
Currie is preparing for the camp with Next Level Training's Spero Mantzavrakos, who he has trained with for the past three years.