Tyson Zimmer's hockey road has been well travelled in the past couple of years. In the 2017-18 season he tore it up with the Parkland Bantam Rangers where he put up 69 points in just 34 games.
Now we fast forward to this season where he compiled 54 points in 29 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team.
His domination over the course of the past two seasons certainly didn't go unnoticed. He was drafted sixth overall at last months WHL draft in Red Deer, Alberta. The next stage Zimmer was going to compete on was Westoba Place. That came late last month when he took part in the Brandon Wheat Kings Prospects Camp. It featured more than 30 of the team's top prospects.
Team White ended up getting past Zimmer and the Black team, 6-3.
"It was a really good weekend. It was nice to just get a feel for all the players," said Zimmer. "I grew up watching the team so to finally get in the room and finally put a jersey on, it was definitely pretty special."
Taking part in the camp gave Zimmer a chance to realize what has to be done to make it to the next level. From the outside, there are high expectations on Zimmer to make great things happen at the WHL level. Last year's #6 pick was Colton Dach and he was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades. Dach went on to put up 28 points in 32 games with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Midget AAA team.
Colton is also the brother of Kirby Dach who is one of the better Saskatoon Blades players ever. If you go back two years, Jack Finley was the sixth overall pick to the Spokane Chiefs and he played 63 games as a 16-year-old with the team this year where he put up 19 points.
"I definitely have to work on all aspects of my game to be a top player in the league," said Zimmer. "I'm committed to giving it everything I have and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead."
"The organization looks for guys that are consistent. Guys that can score, but also play good in every zone," he added. "I also have to show that I can play with speed and I need to use my skill set to my advantage as often as I can."
Tyson's now back in BC where he continues to work hard every day with the Okanagan Prep Team.