|Clemie departs for Bradford Bulls in GMHL
Sydney Ice Dogs forward Scott Clemie has been quite a traveller in his career so far.
Born in Great Britain, Clemie has made his way through the Australian junior ranks to play in both the New Zealand (NZIHL) and Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL).
This Summer, the 20-year old will be looking to further his career, heading to the Greater Metro Hockey League in Canada to link up with the Bradford Bulls in Ontario.
Clemie has played 52 AIHL games over four seasons, competing against veterans and imports players on a weekly basis.
“The best thing about playing in higher level competitions is being able to learn from the older guys and imports,” Clemie said. “It challenges you and makes you push yourself harder. I've only been playing for just under 10 years and feel I've learnt so much, but know I can learn loads more by playing overseas.”
Clemie’s career has taken an interesting trajectory, starting in the East Coast Super League (ECHL) as a 15-year old in 2010 before starting his AIHL career with the Sydney Bears in 2011 at just 16 years old.
After three seasons and 30 games for the Bears, Clemie played the 2014 season in the NZIHL for the West Auckland Admirals.
Although he only claimed one assist from his 15 games with the Admirals, the trip helped the youngster gain the connections that has offered him the possibility of playing in Canada.
It was there he met Glen Patterson, an ex-GMHL player and Admirals import for the 2014 season who recommended Clemie to the Bulls.
Having flown out to Canada on Monday morning, Clemie said he hopes that his GMHL experience will help him become the best player he can be.
“My hopes for the GMHL season are to improve as a player,” Clemie said. “I'm really looking forward to a 42-game season and eight on ice trainings a week. I can only benefit from this.”
Playing for the Ice Dogs this season has been tough, with results definitely not going the young squad’s way and playing much of the season with diminished import stocks.
However, Clemie has been a bright spot for the club, setting career highs in goals (3), assists (3) and points (6), tripling his previous AIHL record (1G, 2A, 3P in 30GP) in his 22 games for the Ice Dogs.
Despite the results, Clemie said he’s learned a lot from this season.
“This season with the Dogs has certainly been a tough one but its taught me to keep my head up and never give up,” Clemie said.