Airdronian Wyatt Pisarczyk has officially completed his rookie season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Hitmen.

Unfortunately, the Hitmen missed the playoffs this year, but Pisarczyk explained that this season was one of his favourites.

"It's probably the most fun I've had in hockey so far. It's a totally different league and it was a year for me to learn."

During the regular season, he played in 55 games, totalling 18 points, three goals and 15 assists. This year, the Hitmen were one of the youngest teams in the league, so Piscarczyk is excited to see what next season holds.

"For us to be fighting for a playoff spot in the last five games and not just finishing out the season was good for all of us."

When asked about the one thing he would take away from the season - he said it was all about learning how to play the WHL game.

"I think throughout the whole season, I grew and I got better as a defenseman and as a hockey player; learning how to play against bigger, stronger players defensively."

Now in the off-season, Picarczyk plans to spend plenty of time training.

"Next year is a big year for me, I'm going to hit the gym hard and show up faster and stronger. I'm going do everything that I can to prepare for next season."

Piscarczyk stated the main goal next year is to do as much winning as possible. The defenseman was drafted 29th overall in the second round of the 2022 WHL Draft.

From 2019 until 2022, Pisarczyk was a member of the U15 AAA Airdrie Xtreme. In 75 games, he scored 21 goals and provided 49 assists. Pisarczyk played in 21 games during his one season with the U18 AAA Airdrie CFR Bison, tallying five goals and eleven assists. 

A few other Airdronians who played in the WHL this season include Josh Davies, Noah Degenstein and Keegan Slaney.

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