Reid Wheeldon

Nickname: Wheels 18
Left Wing
Courtenay, BC
Favorite Food:
Shepherd's Pie
Career Goals:
Be happy with my career choice
Hockey Goals:
Play highest level possible

“I throw my body around out there like I don’t care, I’ll do anything for the boys, I just want to win.”

                                                                                                 Reid Wheeldon – February 2017

Fans will remember the 2016-17 edition of Reid Wheeldon, a young hard-hitting rookie that delivered punishing hits and contributed 12 goals to the cause.

His rugged play in the corners and behind the net often led to offensive opportunities. At 5’8” and 160 pounds (last year), that came at a price. By the time Cyclone Taylor Cup rolled around in April, Reid was playing with a great deal of discomfort and was taped up pretty good.

Despite the pain, the player from Comox wouldn’t trade last season for anything, “It was a really great team. For my first year of junior, I don’t think it could have been a better experience, a great group of guys who were skilled and fun to be around.”

A league championship and a silver at the Cyclone Taylor Cup, it was one heck of a season. By the time, it came to an end on April 9th, it was clear that if Wheels was going to continue to play competitive hockey he was going to require upper body surgery.

He knew it was going to be a long road to heal but that didn’t make it easy. Starting the 17/18 campaign in the stands wasn’t how he thought he’d be going into his sophomore season but he took the time to study his team and the rest of the VIJHL. “I had a different role at the start of this year, getting to watch the team, I really got to see what they were like and how everybody plays. I also got to see all the teams from the stands and I know what to expect from them but seven months is a long long time.”

Eager to get back in the lineup, by late October, a bigger, 5’10 170 pound, Reid returned to practice and on November 17th against the Glacier Kings he was back in the lineup. “It felt really good out there but I had to work out some of the rust.” The next game in Victoria, it was clear that Wheels was back, he was flying, delivering hits, chirping and adding offence with a goal and an assist.”

Reid Wheeldon came to the Storm from the OHA (Okanagan Hockey Academy) program where in his final year he averaged a point per game. He has fond memories from his three years there, he holds his coaches in high regard but when it’s time to say thank you, it’s his family that comes first, “My family has helped me so much, getting me to OHA, being there when I needed them, I never would have got anywhere without them.”

He’s genuinely excited to wear the Black and Red, “We bonded really well last season and coming back as vets, well, it’s pretty cool to be running the ship.”