Brett Brochu Filling Big Shoes In Dresden

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Brett Brochu makes a stop for the Dresden Kings – Photo by Kelsey Vermeersch/

Watching Brett Brochu compete this season for the PJHL’s Dresden Kings, you wouldn’t believe the netminder is a 16-year-old underage player.

Brochu has stood tall for the Kings since the opening puck drop of the Stobbs Division season, sitting among provincial leaders in wins and shots faced.

“This year is off to a great start, I’m gaining the confidence of my team and my coaches,” said Brochu, who was a 6th round selection of the OHL’s London Knights this spring.

“The goal I had before the season was to play in as many games as possible to develop and improve my game so I can make it to the next level. Our team is very happy with the start we have gotten but we aren’t satisfied, we are still looking to improve as a unit every game.”

Brochu has been a work horse for the Kings, playing almost every game and minute for the team, just as he was last season with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones.

While most OHL drafted players don’t land in Junior C, Brochu is thrilled with his decision to play for the Dresden Kings, and the opportunity it has afforded him.

“The coaching staff is unbelievable here in Dresden, I’m super pleased to be playing for such a great staff. From our trainer to our coaches, everyone loves being at the arena, we’re like a big family. The coaches are happy to have me as a part of the team and treat me very well. They brought on a great goalie coach that works very well with me and helps clean up my game on a regular basis,” the Tilbury product explained.

Brochu isn’t just winning, and performing as one of the top goaltenders in the province, despite his young age, he’s filling big shoes in Dresden. Last season, the Kings were backstopped by OHL veteran Brendan Johnston, a void most didn’t think would be fillable for Dresden, that is, until Brochu arrived.

Now for Brett Brochu is out to prove he can play at a higher level with the OHL’s London Knights.

“London has had me out to quite a few practices this season. Daren Machesney, their goalie coach, also keeps regular contact with me to make sure my game is improving,” said Brochu.

Whether he ends up with the London Knights, or a college program, Brochu has his goals set high, but for now, he’s intent on winning with the Dresden Kings.

“As a team we want to win as many games as we can with our end goal being to win the Schmaltz Cup.”

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