Red Deer Rebels forward Alex Morozoff doesn’t remember very many Christmases where he wasn’t playing hockey.
Perhaps the most memorable one came last year, at the prestigious Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary.
Morozoff had a week for the ages, leading the tournament with seven goals and 13 points over just four games with the Saskatoon Contacts.
“That was kind of where I made a name for myself. It’s a great tournament and it was really big for me. Also nice to be able to spend the holidays at home for once,” the five-foot-11, 185-pound winger said.
Shortly after that standout performance, Morozoff joined the Rebels and stuck with the club for the final 30 games. During that run, he picked up six goals and two assists.
This season through 31 games, he’s been a mainstay in the Rebels lineup and has six goals and five assists. His shooting percentage is right around the league average at 9.8 per cent.
Two of his biggest goals, including one on Tuesday against the Kamloops Blazers, were game winners.
“It’s always nice to put one in, feels good to get one,” he said.
In his sophomore season, Morozoff is still finding his place. The additions of Brett Davis and Cam Hausinger moved him down the depth chart, but into a better place for the 17-year-old, who has played just 61 WHL Games.
Some nights he’ll play the point on the power play. What has been a staple for his game is wing partner Arshdeep Bains. The duo has formed a strong connection this year and compliment each other well.
“We’ve got some chemistry. We see the ice similarly. I know where he’ll be and he knows where I’ll be so we just move the puck well,” Morozoff said.
While he has contributed a little bit this season, the Saskatoon, Sask. native is hoping to bring a bit more firepower in the second half. By continually perfecting his craft, the young winger hopes to play a bigger role as the season moves forward.
“I just need to know my role. We have a lot of older players and I know where I sit,” he said.
“I just need to go out and play my game every night. Contribute the way I know can and whatever role I have to accept that.”
The Rebels are on the ice Friday for their last game before the Christmas break, against the Medicine Hat Tigers.