Like many youngsters in Warroad, Jason Shaugabay grew up on skates, with a hockey stick in his hand.
“Since I used to be, like, one and a half, I’ve had skates, so just about my entire life. I used to be at all times on the highway, all day, had my gear stunned for hours and hours,” he stated. “I do not assume there’s a greater place on the planet than Warroad to play hockey.”
When he tries to explain Shaugabay, Warroad head coach Jay Hardwick usually comes again to at least one phrase, particular.
His passing expertise are outstanding, Hardwick stated, and the 17-year-old senior understands the sport at a stage far past most gamers his age.
“They may do issues once they’re simply on the roadside messing round. However loads of these issues that children take into consideration doing however possibly do not, Jason has the talents and the arrogance to do this after we play,” Hardwick stated.
“Not everybody can do it. So I feel it is simply pure capability and loads of work on it.”
MPR Information isn’t just a supply of knowledge supported by listeners, it’s a useful resource the place listeners are supported. We take you past the headlines to the world we share in Minnesota. Turn into a supporter immediately to feed MPR Information all 12 months lengthy.
Reward for the sport
Jayson’s father Darrell “Son” Shaugabay is a well-recognized face in Warroad hockey. He performed on the highschool workforce within the Nineteen Eighties and he coached numerous ranges of the game for 37 years. He’s now an assistant highschool coach. His dedication to serving to kids is rooted in his early expertise in Warroad.
“I got here from a single mom household and I might play hockey and never fear about the place my subsequent stick was coming from or my skates or journey. I used to be taken care of,” he recalled.
Just a few years in the past he observed that Jayson had a present for the sport.
“When he was in all probability 14 or 15 years outdated, if I am being sincere, he was pondering the sport at a better stage than I might, and I imply that fully, he was seeing issues that I could not even see, and I have been for a very long time surrounds the sport,” stated Son.
Jayson Shaugabay attributes his success to hours spent on the ice along with his buddies coaching and simply having enjoyable with the sport.
His dad factors out that he additionally spends hours watching movies of the very best hockey gamers and taking what he learns to the rink.
A brand new file
The laborious work and pure really feel for the sport helped him surpass the Warroad factors file set in 2005 by TJ Oshie, who now performs within the Nationwide Hockey League.
“I imply I do not actually strive to consider it an excessive amount of as a giant deal, however I imply it is sort of a giant deal,” Shaugabay stated. “I simply really feel very grateful and honored that I used to be capable of beat TJ Oshie’s file.”
Off the ice, Jayson is engaging and well mannered however continues to study to really feel snug within the highlight.
He credit his dad and mom with educating him the significance of humility.
“I imply, simply do not be cocky, do not be that particular person,” he stated. “I will be sincere, I do not like to speak about myself, I do not like to advertise myself.”
Shaugabay is fast so as to add that he would not thoughts doing interviews. He is aware of it is a part of the sport. “However I simply do not prefer it when persons are like, inform me about your self, , inform me the way you’re so good. I am like, I am not that good.”
His dad is as happy with Jayson’s conduct as he’s of his hockey success.
“Within the athletic world, I discovered a very long time in the past that in the event you’re good, you do not have to speak about your self, or your dad and mom haven’t got to speak about you, everybody else will,” Son Shaugabay stated.
“As a guardian, it is very nice to see that he is discovered easy methods to be humble and type and beneficiant and caring and all these different great issues that individuals needs to be.”
A part of a protracted historical past
Filo and Jayson are recruited members of the White Earth Nation.
Warroad has a protracted historical past of Native American hockey stars, most not too long ago TJ Oshie, and the legendary Henry Boucha within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies.
Jayson is happy with his Ojibwe heritage and proud to put on the Warriors brand on his jersey. He’s one in all 5 Native American gamers on the workforce this 12 months, and there are additionally the household connections.
His dad and his half-brother Dane are assistant coaches. Jayson performs on the identical line as his nephew, Carson Pilgrim, a junior. They’ve performed collectively since they first discovered to skate and they’re the highest two scorers on the workforce this 12 months.
Son Shaugabay stated it was a proud heritage, however in Warroad, being Native would not outline who you’re.
“To start with he is Jayson, and he is a very good hockey participant and he occurs to have Native American blood in him. It is not ‘the subsequent massive Indian’, it is simply Jayson, a very good hockey participant and he is additionally Native,” stated Son. “Hockey and Native People have at all times been in Warroad so long as it has been, and there aren’t many communities that may say that in our state.”
For the subsequent few weeks, Jayson Shaugabay is concentrated on bringing a state hockey championship to Warroad. When the highschool season ends he’ll be part of the Inexperienced Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
He determined to play school hockey on the College of Minnesota Duluth and he stated it could be a dream to symbolize america within the Winter Olympics, however his final objective is a profitable profession within the Nationwide Hockey League.