Tweed teen runs hot in rugged icy sport
TWEED'S David Upton is fast making a name for himself in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
The 15-year-old 70kg rookie, who dreams of playing in the big-money American NHL, is the new boy in the Brisbane Blue Tongues lineup making a quick impression in his 11 appearances to date.
The side recently finished sixth in this year's national competition, after running second for much of the year.
The year 10 student also excelled at the national titles in June, where he was the tournament's top point scorer.
Younger and smaller than his national league competitors, the talented winger is enjoying the experience, even though he has copped his share of big hits.
"It's fun playing with the older guys," Upton said.
He has taken a unique path to the national league, having returned from an eightmonth stint playing in Canada. During his time overseas he played in one of Canada's top junior competitions, the Midget AAA league, with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
This league is a renowned nursery for the NHL, and Upton starred in a successful year for the team, finishing second on the club's charts.