WHL Hockey: Kevin Sundher
The other, Robin Bawa, you probably haven’t. (Though Q the Editor of NWSB probably has – he’s old)
Well, that could very well be the Victoria Royals’ Kevin Sundher.
It’s a fact not lost on Sundher who admits that Indo-Canadian hockey athletes are more likely found on the field than on the ice.
The 19-year-old recognizes his role in Victoria’s Indo-Canadian community and his job as an inspiration and role model for young Indo-Canadian hockey players.
Sundher, a third round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, is turning heads in his fourth WHL season with the Bruins/Royals franchise.
The Surrey native has familal roots in Port Alberni, his great- grandfather settled there in 1906, and his dad grew up a fan of the former Victoria Cougars.
Sundher was the 7th overall pick in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft and cracked the Bruins roster in 2008, putting up 19 goals in 39 points in his rookie season. Sundher would improve his totals in his draft year, putting up 25 goals and 61 points in the regular season and three goals and five points in six playoff games.
His performance was good enough to be drafted 75th overall in the 2010 draft. Last year saw further improvement, 24 goals and 76 points for the newly minted assistant captain.
Despite not recieving an invitation to Hockey Canada’s summer camp, Sundher’s hot start this year has forced him into the conversation.
The playmaking pivot leads the WHL with 17 assists to start the year, a hot start that’s put Sundher on Hockey Canada’s radar.
Sundher’s WHL career has been dogged with questions of consistency and defensive work ethic, an area Sundher has worked hard to improve on this year.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed by coach Marc Habscheid, noting that Sundher’s commitment to defense this year should go a long way towards impressing Team Canada coach Don Hay, a strict propenent of two-way responsible hockey.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a player was shut out of the summer camp only to use the first half of the season to force his way onto the team.