Glinski Happy To Be In Chatham
Cross border travel has been restricted for almost two years, but one US import, Dylan Glinski, has made his way to Chatham and made an immediate impact with the Chatham Maroons.
Glinski, a Freeland, Michigan product, sits in the top 15 in provincial scoring, and was the first Chatham player to hit double digits in goals this year.
“My experience has been great and continues to get better,” Glinski said. “The guys are starting to really come together and I think we really have the ability to go far this season. Saying that, we still have to take it game by game and continue to grow.”
Unlike many Canadian players, Glinski was able to continue his development last season, playing a full campaign with the Meijer U18 AAA program.
“Playing a full season was definitely a blessing compared to what a lot of guys had to go through. We did have to travel a lot since Michigan was shut down for a period of time, but it was still great for my development,” the forward explained. “We had a great season nonetheless, winning states and being at nationals for the first time in program history. I know guys here have been very eager to get back on the ice for competitive play, and I couldn’t imagine what it would be like without a season.”
Canada and the USA have handled the last two years in vastly different ways, but with hockey back to normal, Glinski only sees the positives in Chatham.
“The atmosphere so far being in a Canada has been amazing, the amount of fans we get in the building is great and I know it will continue to grow as we get farther into the season. The city is great, it has the small town feel that I am used to being from Freeland, Michigan.”
While Glinski loves being in Chatham, it’s likely to be a temporary stop on his hockey journey, which he hopes culminates in an opportunity to play NCAA Division I hockey.
“My future goals have always been to play Division I NCAA hockey and I hope to teach that and beyond one day. I’m continuing to take it day by day and focus on what I need to work on to get to that point. Coach (Tyler) Roeszler has been great for my development and I am very happy being here.”
With his early success, the Maroons are happy to have Glinski here as well.