“I really appreciate him more now than ever,” said Wile. “Because he’s the kind of kid this team currently needs. But a lot of our kids still talk about him right now. What he brought to the table, and they are trying to mimic that.”
Now that Fish’s Viking career is over, Wile laughed at his first impression of his former captain.
“He came out and I don’t think he was 140 pounds,” Wile said. “He was such a small kid. But he had a motor. You could tell, he didn’t just want to play hockey, he wanted to be a hockey player. And there is a big, big difference. He took off and he was the leader of our team (those) past two years. He’s playing well now. He’s doing well now and all his hard work has been noticed.”
Fish has left a lasting impression on the Triton system, which has been making great strides the past three years and is looking to place more players into colleges.
“We have more hockey players (now) than kids that just want to play hockey,” said Wile. “Once things get rolling, that’s the key. It shows the youth group that you can stay right at home. We’re trying to give whoever plays Triton hockey the best opportunity to move on to play college hockey and this proves that the method is working.”
Fish said that he plans to study biology and environmental science while playing for the Falcons but knows he wouldn’t be able to do any of it without his Triton experience.
“Coming out of a public school high school, you learn the mentality of hard work,” Fish said. “Nothing is really (handed) to you. Coach Wile was a great role model for me. He really taught me that hockey is more than what you do on the ice, it’s what you do off the ice too. It’s a part of your life. It’s more than just a game.”