“I worked hard to be here and I’m ready to work even harder to become a top level player”

At 6’2 and 185 pounds, Zach Major is a key part of the North Bay Trappers AAA U16 blue line.

The product from Sturgeon Falls, Ont., is a workhorse for a team currently in third place (8-2-0-2) against older U18 competition in the Great North Midget League.

“I’m a well-balanced D who likes to play attacking and very strong under the points,” Major said.

Major also prides himself on his vision, stick game and physical play.

“I always keep in mind that I play like I’m the greatest, maybe I’m not but I play like that, so I have to be faster so I’m working on my speed. I’m a big guy but I’m also trying to be one of the fastest guys on the ice.”

Scouts have been watching Major’s progress this season, whether in tournament play or in the Great North Midget League where the tall defender has two goals and five assists for seven points in 12 regular season games.

“He’s a confident right-hander with size and strength, and he can do a little bit of anything for you,” an OHL scout said.

Major also had an assist in two regular-season games as an affiliate called up with the Powassan Voodoos, where the Sturgeon Falls product didn’t look out of place.

Major says he trained hard despite hockey being shut down in the north at the start of 2021.

“I shot a lot of pucks daily, I practiced a lot. I played basketball a lot to keep in shape with my cardio and it was a daily thing,” Major said.

Major also prides himself on being a leader with this group of trappers from 2006 that he has been playing with since Atom minor.

“I’m a great leader, I try my best to make my teammates the best they can be,” he said.

Major has the confidence to believe that his hockey career will continue to take off beyond Triple A Hockey with the 2022 OHL Priority Selection approaching.

“I worked hard to be here and I’m ready to work even harder to become a top player.”