No sophomore jinx

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Getting into shape for Calgary Hitmen training camp wasn't a problem for Brett Sonne.

The Maple Ridge, B.C., product worked out all summer in hopes of making Team Canada's U-18 team.

He not only cracked the stacked roster but excelled as Canada won the world championship two weeks ago in the Czech Republic.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio wasn't surprised by the young centre's performance.

"We always believed he was a very good hockey player," Kisio said. "He went over there as a third-line, energy-type guy.

"By the end, he was playing on the first line and putting up some big numbers.

"That helped his draft status and probably earned him some more powerplay time so he can put up some numbers for himself."

Sonne, who scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 gold-medal victory over the U.S., will be looked upon to provide more offence in his sophomore season.

Kisio expects the 17-year-old to compete for a spot on the second line.

"He's going to battle for it and maybe force some older guys down a notch," Kisio said.

Sonne, who notched a dozen goals and 21 points in 64 games as a freshman, said he'd love to be on the powerplay.

"That would be nice but whatever the coach decides, I'm fine with it," he said. "Defence still comes first. We have to look after our end no matter who's putting the puck in the net up front."

Despite his recent success, Sonne's head hasn't inflated in the slightest.

He just wants to help the team win.

"I still have to come out and earn my ice time," he said.

"I have to work for a job here.

"I set out team goals, first and foremost. I'm not really worried about individual (stats).

"As long as the team is doing good, I'm sure everybody on the team will do good individually as well."


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