Stu Cowan: Canadiens’ Carey Value will get assist from his outdated junior workforce

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Bob Tory says he knew Carey Value was a particular goalie the primary time he noticed him play.

The longtime basic supervisor of the junior Tri-Metropolis Individuals nonetheless remembers watching Value play as a 15-year-old with the bantam Williams Lake Timberwolves.

“I used to be offered after one viewing,” Tory recalled in a telephone interview final Friday. “They didn’t have a very sturdy workforce, however they’d a very sturdy goalie.”

Tory chosen Value with the seventh total choose on the 2002 WHL Bantam Draft.

“It’s fascinating … I had the pleasure of drafting Dan Blackburn as a 16-year-old,” Tory stated concerning the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft, when he was GM of the Kootenay Ice and chosen the younger goalie with the third total choose. “He took us to a Memorial Cup as a 16-year-old. So after I noticed Carey it was form of déja-vu and my purpose that yr at that bantam draft (in 2002) was to have the ability to draft Carey.

“Again then, groups had been reluctant to draft goalies early,” Tory added. “I don’t know if I used to be a trendsetter, however I’ve all the time had a perception that if you happen to consider in somebody go along with your intestine intuition. At that age, you by no means know the way far they’re going to go, however we had been assured in Carey. He took over our beginning job from Tyler Weiman in his rookie season at 16 within the playoffs once we upset Portland and he was properly on his manner after that.”