Kerry Park Islanders forward Carson Strom gets off a shot in traffic last season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders forward Carson Strom gets off a shot in traffic last season. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Strom leads Jr. B Islanders through their ‘growing pains’

After a 2-2 junior B exhibition season that saw Kerry Park win one and lose one against each of the Peninsula Panthers and Lake Cowichan Kraken, the Islanders began their regular season continuing along in much the same way. After winning their home opener Sept. 10 downing the Port Alberni Bombers by a 7-1 score, Kerry Park hit the road the following night only to fall 7-3 to the Victoria Cougars on Sept. 11 and then lose to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings Sept. 17, 9-3.

“The season has started out like any other: growing pains, getting familiar with each other, and getting used to being in different roles,” explained team captain Carson Strom. “But this team has something very special, and I can’t wait to show everyone how much potential we have.”

This is the first year as captain for Strom but his family has a history with the organization.

“Strom comes from a generation of Islanders. His dad is a Kerry Park Alumnus and his brother [Jack] is also a current teammate,” said a notice from the team. “Carson is a proven leader both on and off the ice. He supports, encourages and inspires everyone around him and always has a great smile on his face.”

Strom understands the importance and responsibility that comes with being his team’s leader.

“It feels pretty surreal to have a ‘C’ on my jersey. I always dreamed of it when I was a kid,” he said. “But now that I’ve had it for a month or so now, I’ve realized how much work goes into being a leader and having a team look up to you. Makes me respect some of the captains I’ve had in the past, even more.”

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