The road to Motown is a long one for some players. Take Brady Scarlett for example. The 11-year-old forward plays for the Central Ontario Wolves, a team that took an 8-hour drive from Ontario to Detroit in order to test themselves against some of North America’s top competition.

Scarlett made the whole drive worth it by scoring a goal in his first ever game at the Motown Classic, en route to a 3-0 win for his Wolves team. The young forward said his favorite parts of the game are “scoring and celebrating,” something he hopes to be doing plenty of throughout the weekend.

He has great chemistry with his teammates and says he’s been playing with some of them since they first started learning how to skate at three years old.

These close connections with teammates are part of what makes the Motown Classic such a great experience for club teams. The road trip to Detroit allows for plenty of team bonding, but also exposes players to teams from all over North America that have their own talented players and unique chemistry they’ve been building for years.

Scarlett is a multi-sport athlete who also plays lacrosse, which he considers to be very similar to hockey in a lot of ways. However, he maintains that hockey is his favorite sport. Regardless of his team’s outcome this weekend, the young forward is enjoying his first experience competing at the Motown Classic and is “having fun at the rink” doing what he loves to do with his friends and family. “I’m most thankful for my teammates, coaches, and of course, my Dad,” he said.

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