Orleans Ontario native and Petes centre Joey West will go down in the clubs record books this week.
Tomorrow night West will lace up the skate, hike up the socks and pull a maroon and white jersey over his head for the 324th time when the Petes play their final regular season home game against the Oshawa Generals.
That will tie former Pete Jamie Tardif’s record for most games played.
Later this week, West and the rest of the guys will travel for two road games. Thursday against the Niagara IceDogs and Sunday in Oshawa, those games will cement his own record.
In an article in Monday’s Peterborough Examiner, West said it’s an honor to reach such a goal.
“We have lists on the walls in our dressing room of all the team leaders and records,” West said.”
“It’s nice to know my name will be up there for players who come after me to see, until someone else breaks the record. I’ve been pretty lucky,” West said. “I’ve seen a lot of teammates go out with season ending injuries. I’ve been fortunate to avoid those.” He added.
West hasn’t missed a game since Jan. 8, 2010, he will have missed just 14 of a possible 340 games over five seasons.
This may be the final week Joey West will ever skate as a Pete. A sad reality for many around the rink. West, a fan favorite both on and off the ice says he’ll miss the experience but his time in the liftlock city has been amazing.
“It’s been a great experience,” West told the Examiner.
“I’ve learned a lot about myself and about the game. I made a lot of friends and met my girlfriend here. It’s been a great experience living with my aunt and uncle and my grandmother. They’ve treated me like I was their own son. If I’d been drafted by any other OHL team, except Ottawa where I would have lived at home, I wouldn’t have experienced that” he added.
Petes head coach Mike Pelino told the Examiner that this is a milestone.
“I’m really proud of Joey,” said Pelino. “It’s definitely a milestone. It shows that from day one he’s been a committed athlete, a committed teammate and he’s been able to find a way to fight through injuries and find a spot in the lineup. This is by a player who has never been a star player. He’s always been a meat and potatoes, honest, hard working hockey player.”
Pelino added that West is an outstanding player.
“He does everything that is asked of him,” he said. “He never complains about anything. He works hard in every scenario. On top of that, he’s a quality, quality young man. For him to achieve this is a real testament to his character, his resilience and his durability.”
With files from the Peterborough Examiner. March 12th 2012