Monday, April 19, 2010

JR Patrick - The Constant

For as long as we have had the IBL in Edmonton, we've had JR Patrick. An IBL all-star several times over, JR is Edmonton's own. After attending Eastglen high school, JR attended Santa Clara University and has had the opportunity to play professionally ever since.

There is a tremendous sense of pride for JR in being able to play at home and represent his community, family and city.

"Being able to play in front of my son and my girlfriend and all my family and friends is a dream come true. Edmonton is my home and being able to represent the city of Champions and play the game I love, there is no greater feeling for a professional athlete." Said JR. "I am very excited to get all our core group of guys back, it’s the foundation of our team, having that good solid base of guys that we are all familiar with, know each others tendencies, and have great chemistry."

JR's keen scoring touch has been essential to the Energy's success in the past and with the new additions joining the team this year, JR should continue to get great opportunities to not only score but to contribute to his teammates success.

"The addition of the new guys on our team and guys coming back for the first time so to speak, it's going to be refreshing and exciting. We are adding some great complimentary players so that will help us down the stretch especially with our schedule this year, we are going to need everyone to have fresh legs. So I am excited to see what everyone including myself is going to bring this year."

With the new additions, the returning core and after being upset in last years playoffs, JR and the Energy have only one thing in mind -

"I see us getting to the championship game this year and winning it all. We had the best record in the league last year going into the playoffs and then didn’t bring our A game into the Semi Finals. It definitely left a sour taste in our mouths losing that game against Snohomish considering we beat them twice at home last year, so now we are out to get back to our winning ways. Anything less than a championship is an unsuccessful season for us!"

JR and the rest of the Energy begin their quest for an IBL title Friday May 7th against the defending champion LA Lightning!

7 PM at the University of Alberta Main Gym!

Come out and cheer on the Energy!

1 comment: