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Summerside native relishes opportunity to give back to his devoted fans
Noah Dobson shared two prestigious trophies with some devoted fans from his hometown Monday.
In May, the 19-year-old son of Andrew and Jenny Dobson of Summerside joined a select company in becoming back-to-back winners of the President Cup as Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) champions and Memorial Cup, presented to the Canadian Hockey League champions.
“It’s nice to bring it back and share it with people all around the community,” said Dobson, a six-foot-four and 184-pound right-handed-shooting defenceman who won the trophies with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2018 and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in 2019. “I love coming back to Summerside, it’s where I (was) born and I have so many great memories here.
“To share it with people around the community who appreciate it is a lot of fun.”
A first-round draft pick, 12th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Dobson visited the Summerside Boys and Girls Club and Community Connections, a non-profit organization that provides employment, residential and support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Summerside. The trophies were also on display at Monday night’s fundraising gala dinner for the Summerside Boys and Girls Club at Credit Union Place.
"It was awesome,” said Community Connections client and Kinkora native Cole Somers, who was proudly wearing a Rouyn Huskies’ No. 53 Dobson jersey. “He was signing autographs and getting some pictures, showing us the cups and just hanging out and talking to us about hockey.”
Jackie Somers, a community support worker at Community Connections, was overwhelmed with the reception Dobson received.
“The clients were super excited,” said Somers. “A lot of them are hockey fans, but I was not expecting that big of a reception.
“Every client that is in this building was out to see Noah.”
Dobson, who was named the most valuable player of the 2019 QMJHL playoffs, relished the time to visit and spend time with members of Community Connections and the Boys and Girls Club.
“I worked at the Boys and Girls Club for four summers and it was nice to get back there,” said Dobson. “My sister (Elly) is working there now and there is a connection there.
“Jackie lives down the street from me and has been asking me to come in and it was great to bring the trophies here and put a smile on their faces.”
Jackie said Dobson’s personality makes him popular with fans.
“He’s the sweetest kid, not arrogant or egotistical and is so humble and grounded,” she said. “He’s such a classy guy.
“I can’t wait to watch him (in the NHL). That’s all we look forward to now. These last two years, the Memorial Cup, the world juniors and the draft, we just watch Noah because he’s our celebrity.”
Dobson recently attended the Islanders’ development camp for the second year in a row.
“It was a good camp and I’m looking forward to getting back there in September and try to earn a spot,” said Dobson, who will return to New York in early September for the Islanders’ rookie camp ahead of the main camp. “I have a month and a half left to get bigger and stronger and try and earn a spot to try and play in the NHL next year.”
Noah Dobson’s 2018-19 statistics:
QMJHL Regular Season
36 penalty minutes
24 penalty minutes
20 penalty minutes
World Junior Hockey Championship
2 penalty minutes