Icedog fans can look forward to cheering on another Shaw this season. This Shaw is looking for a similar path as the brothers Andrew Shaw (Icedogs from 2008-2010, currently NHL Chicago roster) and Jason Shaw (current Toronto Maple Leaf Camp invitee) who played for the Icedogs from 2009-2011. For the past two years Kyle Shaw has not been watching very much hockey or playing for that matter. The 2009 draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves ended up being traded and then was cut from the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds camp at the start of last season. Suffering with West Nile Disease and a later ankle injury, Kyle had a forgettable season last year. The product of Sun County Panthers says that he learned to ‘not take anything for granted and to take opportunities when they are offered.’ He took solace in the fact that he was with family last season while he recuperated. Another lesson that he learned in his recovery was about recovering from injury, and pushing himself during rehab.
He caught the eye of scouts at a recent feature tryout for Top Draft Sports Management Agency in Ottawa. During the showcase event, players were divided into teams with carded officials and competent coaches to simulate OHL game-type play. During the 4 games the 6 foot 210 pound C/RW compiled 10 points and was engaged in one fight. While he would not describe himself as a fighter, he said he ‘will do what needs to be done when the situation arises’. He would describe himself as a well rounded player who is ‘tough on the puck and defensively responsible’. Former OHL Scout and Director of the event, Shane Sullivan, would echo those descriptors. ‘He has a heavy shot with a quick release and finds space easily. He takes care of things on the wall and performs well in the faceoff circle’.
Kyle is really looking forward to the Icedogs lone visit to the Windsor Spitfires on October 14 so that many of his family and friends from Amherstburg, ON can cheer him on. He is also interested in playing against Sudbury and Sault Ste Marie as he attended camps and was involved with both teams.
Coach Marty Williamson of the Niagara Ice Dogs was very excited to sign him because this coming season ‘we are going to be young, so Kyle brings a more mature perspective to the ice and dressing room’. ‘We see him as a tenacious skater who will be interested in grinding it out in the corners of the small ice surface’ (at the Garden City Gatorade Complex in St Catharines.) Coach Williamson would classify him as a classic ‘late bloomer’ who is poised to have a ‘breakout year’.
The rebuilding Icedogs look forward to seeing him in the black, red and white as training camp starts on August 28. Their first exhibition match is scheduled for Friday August 31 at 7 pm vs. Erie at Ancaster, ON and then a home exhibition game on Monday September 3 at 2 pm vs. the Oshawa Generals.