Daniel Siso couldn't be more excited for his third season in the City of Possibilities. The 20-year-old forward is hoping to be a leader in the locker room for the Portage Terriers, just as he was last year. Siso was one of the assistant captains for the team in 2022-23.
He describes this season as a new chapter for the squad and notes training camp was quite encouraging.
"It went pretty well. There were a lot of new faces out there. It's just great to be back and see those guys that were here last year, as well as the new ones. I want to say there are eight returning guys."
The Venezuelan has 78 points in his 85 regular season games in the Green & White, but he played through a shoulder injury during the second half of last year.
"It's tough to go in and out of the lineup. It's never fun," Siso continues. "I'm not 100 per cent yet. I'm still non-contact right now, but the healing has gone pretty well."
Siso knows this will be his last year of Junior A eligibility, and he plans to make the most of it.
"It's exciting. Things have gone by quickly. I didn't realize how fast it would go by. Hopefully, we can finish it off the right way for me and the other 20-year-olds in the room."
The forward notes he wouldn't have wanted to end his MJHL career anywhere else.
"I love the people in Portage. They're great and really kind."
The Terriers hit the road tonight for an exhibition matchup with the Neepawa Titans. Portage will wrap up the preseason on Monday in Virden before they kick off their regular season on September 23.
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