He wasn't planning to be back for a third Major Midget season, but Cariboo Cougar forward Eli Jarvis is now hoping he has one final crack at that elusive championship.
After leading the team in scoring as a 16-year old last season with 55 points, Jarvis began the year with the BCHL's Cowichan Valley Capitals. But after a month, his former junior coach decided it was best for him to season himself for another year as a Cougar and made his return back in October meeting the team for their first weekend series with the Vancouver NW Giants.
After missing the first six games of the season, Jarvis put up steady numbers finishing the year with 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points, setting new Cariboo Cougar career marks in all three categories along the way completing his major midget regular season career with 55 goals and 81 assists for 136 points in 111 games.
"I'm just trying to work as hard as I can for the team but also for myself, so it's a good accomplishment," said the now 18-year old Quesnel native.
While Jarvis is used to being an offensive leader, he has plenty of company this season finishing fifth in team scoring behind Liam Blackburn, Braiden Epp, Logan Styler, and Brad Morrison. As such, he has been counted on by head coach Trevor Sprague to be a denfensive leader and a guide for the team's younger forwards.
"Whatever I have to do, whatever the coaching staff wants. We got a lot of guys getting a lot of points this year, it's a well rounded team and we're looking to win here."
Prior to the Cougars final regular season road trip to Coquitlam, Jarvis had an "A" added to the front of his jersey as Sprague is looking for his experience to help lead the Cats to their second-ever BCMML title.
"I worked hard for it and that's what I want to do, lead by example on and off the ice, and lead our team to a win this year and get a championship ring. The last couple years penalties really killed us in the finals, we got to overcome that and just play our game. This year I think we have the best opportunity."
Whether or not the Cougars end up facing the Giants for a fourth consecutive time in the league final series, Jarvis knows the hard work needed to get that ring.
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