Doug Andrews is one of those unassuming players for the Metro Jets that goes about his business on and off the ice with very little fanfare.
Quiet off the ice, Andrews prefers to do his talking on the ice.
Last season, Andrews finished third in team scoring with 50 points and this year, the 20-year-old Macomb native leads the Jets and is second in the North American 3 Hockey League with 15 points through eight games.
Ask him, though, and all Andrews wants to do is play hockey.
“This year we are a younger team and I am being looked upon to be a leader and have more responsibility,” said Andrews. “With the experience gained from playing last year, I have learned to be more patient and this has helped me offensively and defensively to be a more confident player.”
Metro coach Jason Cirone, even after a loss in 2011-12, would often make mention of how Andrews’ play was the most consistent among the players.
Jets’ captain Matt Stirling is in agreement with Cirone.
“Doug brought his game to the rink every night and you knew what to expect out of him,” Stirling said. “I agree with Jason and think he is one of the most consistent, if not the most consistent player we have. This season, Doug has brought more of the same from last season, very consistent and is one of our top goal-scorers this season. I think that he has a chance to be in the All-Star Game and play high levels of hockey in future years.”
Andrews deflects any talk of himself, showing a humble side, but does take pride in being a leader for the Jets. Prior to the season, he was named one of the team’s alternate captains.
“We are both lead-by-example guys that let our work ethic and actions do the talking,” explained Stirling. “We both are quiet leaders who would rather work hard and show what it will take to win instead of talk about it. He is a good assistant for me because he knows what to expect and knows that hard work pays off.”
“When I show up to the rink everyday, I expect a lot of myself and to lead by example,” said Andrews. “Although we are off to a rough start, we need to stay positive and keep working hard. I really want to keep improving my game and help the team to get the season turned around and do some damage in the playoffs.”
With this being his last year of junior hockey eligibility, Andrews is hoping a stellar season in Waterford will lead to college hockey options next spring.
Stirling sees Andrews moving on after the season and not having to hang up the skates.
”I think Doug has a good chance of playing in college based on his abilities and stature,” said Stirling. “I think he has shown what he can bring to the table and could gel with many college teams.”
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