Fast on his feet, 11-year-old David Quinn will make his first visit to Canada in February to compete in an international ice hockey competition.
The Faulconbridge resident has been named in the 16-player Australian Peewees Ice Crocs 2018 team.
The team will compete in the Peewees International Quebec Tournament in Canada, where 120 teams from around the world will battle it out.
“I’m really excited ‘cause I’ve never been to Canada before,” David said.
He hopes to catch a couple of home games of his favourite professional ice hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens, while staying in Montreal.
A Penrith Anglican College student, David plays for Flyers Ice Hockey Club based at Penrith Ice Palace. He plays defence in the Atoms, for under 11s, and as a forward for the under 13s team the Peewees.
“I like playing defence more. I get to stay back and shoot from wherever I want and the coaches don’t mind,” David said.
“I like to take the puck away from them [the opposition].
“I like scoring goals, a lot of goals, and the feeling of winning is a good feeling.”
In PeeWees he’s up against bigger, older players, so he’s got to be quick to avoid being tackled.
“They’re big but not fast, so I can skate circles around them,” David said.
“Speed is my advantage.”
David, who has been playing ice hockey since age six, will spend three weeks overseas and make the most of playing competitors from other countries from February 7-18.