After scoring four goals in his first varsity hockey game ever, eighth grader Ben Jenkinson, who goes by B, has been deemed this issue’s Athlete of the Month. The hockey player contributed tremendously to the Whalers’ eventual success in his debut against the Cape Cod Tech Crusaders, helping the team make a comeback after being down 3-0 in the first period.
“He’s young, energetic, enthusiastic and he wants to learn on the ice,” Coach DJ Watkins describes Jenkinson’s general personality and his attitude towards getting better. Coach Watkins also acknowledges that Jenkinson is a big kid with speed to his size, in addition to his natural talent.
Even though the eighth grader has yet to attend Nantucket High School, his name is already being chanted throughout the crowd.
Natty Davidson’s understanding is that the supportive crowd was a key factor to the talented player’s performance, commenting that “having the game at home and having a good crowd made him feel comfortable.”
His talent and chemistry with the team made it seem as though he’s been playing for on Varsity for years now.
“Not only does he have unbelievable hands, but he’s also a smart player knowing where to be and what to do,” praised Simon Johnson, also noting that his appearance on the ice causes the fact that he’s in eighth grade to seem arbitrary.
“He’s really adapted to his linemates like Austin Starr and James Lester, both sophomores,” said Coach Bill Tornovish about the chemistry he shares with his teammates. The coaches hope to see that chemistry between Jenkinson and the two sophomores develop as they move on through high school, viewing it as a great advantage for the future.
Tornovish also mentions that the eighth grader has “great hands,” meaning he is capable of moving the puck around the ice very efficiently, as well as the ability to take quick shots on net.
Coach Watkins mentioned, “We think we’ll get positive results with B.” The other coaches share a similar sentiment, but at the same time, they didn’t expect four goals to be produced from him in his first varsity game, so hopes are high and they see him becoming a big factor for the hockey team’s future as he plays the rest of his career as a Whaler.
As a conclusion to Jenkinson’s unbelievable debut performance, coach Tornovish states, “all in all it’s going to be very good for the team as a whole to have him on the ice.”
Jenkinson will continue to make a name for himself as the season proceeds with the team and will hopefully be able to keep up his stride by scoring goals whenever he steps on the ice to compete against his next opponent.