It's mostly worth pointing out only for the fact Werek's arrival was heralded as a great affirmation of the Kingston franchise, GM-for-life Larry Mavety and by extension the enabler of the general mangler (not a typo), owner Doug Springer. Others of sound mind, if not body (join a gym, Sagert) believed Werek reported to help his status for the 2009 NHL draft (he's now rated 24th by the International Scouting Service and is getting some OHL rookie-of-the-year buzz). The interview he did with The Team 1260 in Edmonton wouldn't disabuse anyone of that notion.
On the events that summer which caused him to de-commit from Boston University and join the Frontenacs:
"In the end, I have no regrets about what happened. The thing was with that, I finished high school a year early and I wanted to finish off at my high school. I've been going there since Grace 3 and I wanted to finish off there. In the off-season, I approached my options. I was thinking of maybe going to BU a year early, but their team was a pretty skilled team this year and I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get the ice time in my (NHL) draft year to maybe get shown, so... Kingston's been a great fit. I'm going to Queen's here, which is a top school. I'm just getting my education and playing in the OHL and I couldn't be happier."One of the hosts followed up with a question about whether coming to Kingston was "simply an exposure aspect" with Werek doing into his draft season:
"I think that was a big part of it. Going to college, as a freshman, you kind of have to start near the bottom and work your way up. College, you only play 30-35 games. In the OHL you're playing 67, so it's more pro development ... it was a tough decision and something I'll always think back to, but in the end I'm happy with my decision."He could have played that many games in the USHL, though. Later, he was asked, "Would you have gone to BU this year?"
"I would have rather to gone BU this year, start my university, I was just kind of laying out my decision until I was done high school."The odd part about that is Mavety kept saying in 2007-08 that Werek would play for Kingston. The player says that all along, he wanted to give it a year to make his choice. The bottom line, it more less worked out. Werek has showcased himself for the draft, Mavety is somehow still in Springer's employ and that continues to provide much mirth for this blog and for The Kinger.
There is a semi-serious point that it is really ridiculous how early hockey players have to make a choice to pursue the major junior or NCAA stream. Perhaps Werek is just a different dude for bucking the system. There is little reason to doubt Werek's sincerity, since the alternative is to believe Larry Mavety.
It has been 485 days since Doug Springer has promised he would do "whatever it takes" to bring a winner to Kingston.