June 28, 2012 5:07 PM NT
James Melindy, from the Goulds area of St. John’s, has been selected to play hockey with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Melindy, 18, was the first hockey player from Atlantic Canada to be selected for the NHL, and the 88th pick overall.
Being drafted to the NHL was as big a deal for Melindy’s family as it was for him.
Twenty-five of Melindy’s relatives were on hand at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh on June 23, when Melindy’s name was called.
Melindy said he never would have made it that far without the support and commitment of his parents.
“They sacrificed so much for me. They moved to Saskatchewan, so for them to pack up and leave and move into a new spot was great for me,” said Melindy. “It’s kind of a little bit of payback for them, to see the smiles on their faces when my name was called.”
Melindy started playing minor hockey in the Goulds. Then he played junior “A” hockey with the Notre Dame Hounds of Saskatchewan, before moving on to the major junior’s Moncton Wildcats.
Melindy was in Phoenix, Arizona this week at Coyotes training camp, where he said he was meeting the organization’s team members and management.
After the training camp, Melindy planned to spend the rest of the summer training in Newfoundland, and then head back to Moncton for another hockey season to get ready for the big league.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
11451 4539547 49
his path of destiny = 49 = Happy. Satisfied. Wish come true.
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