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Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild forward Brodie MacArthur.
Brodie MacArthur is having a week to remember.
The Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild forward played his first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game Monday with the Moncton Wildcats. Tonight, he gets the chance to play at the Eastlink Centre at 7 p.m. as the Wildcats take on the Charlottetown Islanders.
“A lot of the family and friends said they’re going to go watch. It’s a good feeling,” he said Tuesday night. “To this point this would be the biggest opportunity and the best part of my hockey career.”
The 16-year-old Summerside native said he was a little nervous in the minutes leading up to Monday’s puck drop as the Wildcats played the Mooseheads in Halifax. His new teammates were supportive and helped him feel comfortable heading into his debut.
“Conor Garland said ‘Just get your feet moving and good things will happen,’” MacArthur recalled.
The Wildcats had 11 forwards with MacArthur and Noah Corson, former NHLer Shayne Corson’s son, skating with a variety of linemates during the contest. Moncton won the game 3-2.
After tonight’s game, MacArthur said he would be rejoining his Wild teammates for a couple of big weekend games. The Wild (15-6-1) plays the first-place Vitos (18-4-0) in Saint John, N.B., on a New Year’s Day.
MacArthur said it is a big jump from major midget to major junior and one that will require him getting bigger and faster.