Joey Baez has been playing the game of hockey since he was three-years-old. After all the years, and different levels of play, this past February he signed a tender with the Johnstown Tomahawks.
“I wanted to get prepared for college hockey. I wanted to experience junior hockey,” said Baez. To do that he believed that Johnstown would be the perfect fit for him.
Baez is a fast skating forward, who during training camp this preseason has found ways to get around even the most mobile skating defenseman. Along with his speed, he has the scoring touch that makes his game even more deadly when he’s out on the ice.
“I see myself as a playmaker and goalscorer,” said Baez.
That he is. Last season, Baez played for the Skipjacks Hockey Club U16 team. In 27 games, he scored 22 goals, 29 assists, which gave him 51 points on the season. The year prior to last, he also played for the Skipjacks U16 club and was a point-a-game player, scoring 24 points in 24 games.
His ability to score goals will be a welcome for the Tomahawks, as they’ve seen players like, Nick Bruce and Filips Buncis, move on to the college level. Also players like Dalton Hunter and Donovan Ott who’ve moved up to the USHL for this upcoming season.
Joey Baez is one of the few players entering training camp this week that already has a college commitment. Baez committed to the University of Alabama-Huntsville back in November of last year. Alabama-Huntsville is a D1 school.
One of the most famous players to come out of Alabama-Huntsville is current NHLer, Cam Talbot.
Baez’s personal goals for the season are all about doing anything in his power to get the Tomahawks a Robertson Cup Championship.
“Just playing really well with the team. I really want to get along with the guys. I just want to be a good teammate,” said Baez.