For 40 years now Chad Westerman has been playing hockey. He started out playing rep hockey in the East end of Ottawa for Gloucester. Westerman played competitive all the way through Major Midget until he was called to play Junior C. Westerman states, “The free ice and gear was cool”. He knew playing hockey was not going to be his career, so once his junior career ended he started refereeing. However, this wasn’t enough for Westerman so he turned to men’s hockey once again. Now he can be found wearing lucky number 13 for the Blood Sweat and Beers in the Ottawa Travellers Adult Hockey League.
Westerman has played all different positions but always finds himself back at centre. Westerman claims, “I don’t mind playing wing and love the risk/reward challenge of playing D but centre is where I can take advantage of what the game is giving me that shift”. Number 13 loves the glory of playing offense and he brings that indeed, as he won Ottawa Travellers Player of the Week back in the second week of June 2017. Now, not only does the centreman put pucks in the net but he also brings enthusiasm to the team, stating, “I like to add some fun to any game”. After all, hockey is about having fun.
Westerman has had a passion for hockey all his life but passion isn’t the only thing that drives him. He loves the opportunity to give everything he has out on the ice. He loves “Not just a good skate, but draining the tank down to zero by working my absolute hardest”. Contrary to popular opinion, Westerman loves that feeling of being completely “gassed” from working your hardest. This sounds like the kind of player you want on your team.
Westerman with his hardworking and gritty style of play reminds himself of Phil Esposito. He says Esposito was, “Full of heart and passion, doesn’t get many highlight reel goals but works his butt off, has good skills and somehow ends up battling for the scoring title”, just like himself. Which is exactly why he won Player of the Week and is a top contender in the league.
Keep up the hard work, #13!