Article by Jason Setnyk | Image Courtesy of YourTV Cornwall
Akwesasne, New York – The Anaheim Ducks made a groundbreaking move during the second round of the 2023 NHL Draft, as they selected Carey Terrance, a talented young player hailing from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. This historic moment is important for the representation of indigenous athletes in professional hockey as there are only five active Indigenous players in the NHL (or six if Carey Price returns to action).
The journey to this point for Carey Terrance has been nothing short of remarkable. The world caught a glimpse of his potential back in 2015 when he played for the Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Atom A’s. Even then, during an interview conducted at a Cornwall Colts game, Terrance was hailed as a future hockey star. Over the years, he has lived up to those expectations and more.
Following his time with the Seaway Valley Rapids, Terrance continued to develop his skills in U18 hockey in the HEO (Hockey Eastern Ontario) for the Kemptville 73s. His exceptional performance on the ice did not go unnoticed, and he caught the attention of scouts and coaches alike.
It was no surprise when Carey Terrance’s name was called during the OHL Draft. The Erie Otters of the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) recognized his potential and drafted him, providing a platform for him to showcase his talents at a higher level. In his time with the Otters, Terrance proved himself to be an offensive force, scoring an impressive 30 goals and accumulating 47 points in 67 games last season.
Furthermore, Terrance’s skills and dedication to the game led to his selection to represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships for players under 18. Throughout the tournament, he displayed his versatility and ability to contribute offensively, averaging about a point per game.
Now, at the age of 18, Carey Terrance has reached a milestone in his hockey career by being chosen by the Anaheim Ducks. This accomplishment is the culmination of years of hard work, determination, and a goal he has tirelessly pursued.
In response to being selected by the Anaheim Ducks, Terrance expressed his gratitude and excitement. He acknowledged that this moment is a realization of his lifelong dream, one that he has relentlessly pursued since he first stepped onto the ice.
The selection of Carey Terrance by the Anaheim Ducks is not only a significant moment for the young athlete but also an important step forward for the representation of more indigenous players in professional hockey. As the sport continues to strive for diversity and inclusivity, Terrance’s selection serves as a shining example of the immense talent that can be found in every corner of the hockey world.
Fans and hockey enthusiasts alike eagerly await the day when Carey Terrance dons the iconic Anaheim Ducks jersey, ready to make his mark on the professional stage.