Maroons A Good Fit For Luka Dobrich
New Chatham Maroons netminder Luka Dobrich was in no rush to sign with a team for the upcoming season, that is however, until the Chatham Maroons came knocking.
“Chatham was a good fit for me because it’s where I see myself having a very successful junior career and because the high level of competition throughout the GOJHL,” Dobrich, a Belle River product told CKSN.
After a successful Major Midget ‘AAA’ season with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires, that saw him post an outstanding 1.83 goals against average and a selection at the OHL U18 Draft from the Windsor Spitfires, Dobrich felt Chatham was the best possible location for the next step in his hockey journey.
“My biggest concern when signing with a team was making sure I have a realistic chance of playing games while staying close to home and the Spitfires organization. So I wasn’t in a rush to sign anywhere that didn’t feel right to me. And when the offer to play for the Maroons came I instantly knew it was the best move.”
Dobrich was the 34th overall pick, in the second round of the U18 OHL Draft of the Windsor Spitfires.
Hearing his name called by his hometown OHL team was a thrill.
“Being drafted by my hometown team was an indescribable feeling, it felt really good to see my name picked to such a respected organization.”
Typically, Dobrich and the Chatham Maroons would be on the ice, playing games by this point in the year, but COVID-19 has changed everyone’s plans.
Dobrich spent his extra long offseason training, and enjoying the water.
“I’ve been spending my off season staying in shape by working out or getting on ice. I spent a lot of time on my boat.”
Whenever the water turns to ice again, and Dobrich and his new Chatham Maroons teammates can return to playing the game they love, he hopes to immediately step into the crease and make a positive difference.
“My on ice goals for this season is to quickly adapt to Junior B hockey and make a difference every time I step on the ice.”