Cody Blight is looking to make the most of his senior season in Junior A hockey.
The Oakville product is playing out the year with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in what should be his first full season in the MJHL. The forward says they've had an impressive start to the season.
"So far, it's been great. Coach Taylor has done amazing things with this program. When I first came here, I was shocked with how first-class and well-run it is. We're treated like gold out there," Blight continues. "We have a great group of guys, and we're off to a pretty hot start this year."
Blight isn't without experience in the league, however, as he spent 15 games with the Selkirk Steelers before being traded to the Portage Terriers, who sent him down to the Central Plains Capitals for a majority of the 2019-20 campaign. The following season, the Oakville native looked to make the transition to the MJHL but he was only able to play seven games before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Last year, Blight decided to take on an unfamiliar challenge and move south of the border to play for the Philadelphia Hockey Club, where he put up 17 points in 31 games. He says that experience helped him become a more complete player.
"Coach Rylan really helped me out with my two-way game and being able to play on both sides of the puck. I feel like that's really helping me here," Blight explains. "I'm really good defensively and able to get up in the rush and do things offensively as well."
Blight took the ice at Stride Place for the first time as an opposing player a few weeks ago and really excelled in that role, scoring his first two goals of the season.
"It was pretty cool. Weird sitting on the opposite bench and coming out of the other dressing room but it was really good. I had some friends and family in the stands," says Blight. "It felt real good to get my first couple of goals in a building that I've scored goals in before. So, it was really good, just too bad we couldn't pull off the win."
The Oakville, MB product, Cody Blight talks about tonight’s game against Portage. pic.twitter.com/RpWMLYaq9m— Waywayseecappo Wolverines (@mjhlWolverines) September 25, 2022
As previously mentioned, Blight was a part of the Central Plains Capitals squad in 2019-20 after spending playing in 13 games for the Selkirk Steelers. That season the forward put up 39 points in just 25 games, and throughout his entire time as a Capital, Blight put up more than a point per game (73 points in 68 games).
"I got a lot of confidence from playing there, playing a lot of minutes and all that. You have to believe in yourself to make plays, and that's what I've been doing. Just believing in my abilities and going out there and playing the best that I can."
The Oakville product doesn't have many personal goals for his 20-year-old season but notes he really just wants to contribute to a winning culture.
"It's my last year of junior hockey, and I want to do whatever it takes to help our team go far and, hopefully, win it all and get a bid in the Centennial Cup."
Blight and the Wolverines will hit the ice tonight as they welcome the Neepawa Titans to town.