There is one thing that Ethan Larmand and I have in common, unfortunately it is not that we are both elite forwards playing for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. It is the fact that we both are a product of a small hockey town called Midland, Ontario. This can bring up the question of, “how did he set himself apart from the rest to make it to the next level?”, which is a question asked by many young hockey players. I met briefly with Ethan over FaceTime to get a better idea of his growth as a player and as a person.
Ethan started his hockey career with the Midland Minor Hockey Association where he played from tyke until peewee. Playing at the BB level with the Midland Centennials, Ethan had no ordinary playing experience as he won the OMHA championship twice over the time he spent with the organization. Playing in these high pressure championship games has translated well for Ethan when he moved to AAA as he says, “when we started playing better and playing in bigger games it was new to some of the guys, so I kind of took on the leadership role, stepping up in those situations that I had been in before”. Ethan also recognizes the importance of the good coaching he had while playing for MMHA. The main name brought up by him was Dave Bressette, a long time coach for various age groups in Midland. Ethan says that, “he pretty much taught me everything”, and we both agreed that Dave’s old school methods paid dividends for those who listened to him.
“so I kind of took on the leadership role, stepping up in those situations that I had been in before”Ethan on moving up to AAA
Ethan’s success with Midland helped him reach the next level, which for him was the North Central Predators AAA level team. His team here was very successful as well featuring seven players being drafted in the OHL priority draft, and three players in the following years U18 OHL draft. His minor midget team played in the OHL cup against the best AAA teams. With Ethan’s success he was invited to Canada’s national development U17 program that was held in Red Deer, Alberta, where he played with the best Canadians in his age group. Ethan’s development with the Predators got him drafted 26th overall by the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL.
In high school, Ethan and I had the pleasure of knowing Dylan Seca, who is now the General Manager of the Sarnia Sting and was a long time scout in the OHL. Mr Seca, was his formal name to us as a teacher at Georgian Bay District Secondary School was also a coach for the school hockey team. If you know ‘Seca’, which is how most would address him, you knew you could always go to him for help or advice. Ethan was able to take advantage of his knowledge and experience. “He obviously knows what he’s talking about, he gave me a few tips to help me out there, and it definitely helped a lot”, is how Ethan described the benefits of having Dylan to talk to.
Ethan describes his rookie year with the Wolves as a big learning curve and a lot of fun. With the Wolves, Ethan enjoyed community events like the bowling nights, and autograph signings where the team could interact with their fans around Sudbury. He looks to build on his first year by coming back a better player and playing a bigger role on the team. He says, “I want to have a bigger impact on and off the ice for the team next year”. Ethan is growing as an athlete and a person at a rapid pace, and he has his eyes on the next level already, the NHL.