Each season, Virden Oil Capitals forward Josh Belcher contributes more and in new ways to the hockey team.
“I think my role has grown and I think as a player you hope to develop into bigger roles each year,” Belcher said.
The Rapid City product produced nine points in 50 games in 2017-2018 as a rookie. Last season he exploded for 43 points, including 14 goals, in 56 games.
Through 26 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 105-pound 19-year-old had 19 points and 10 goals while serving as an assistant captain.
“Josh brings a lot to the table for our group,” Virden head coach Tyson Ramsey said. “He is a big strong guy who skates well and has the ability to control a game. … He is a mainstay on our penalty kill, plays in important situations, and is a leader in the room.
“He is well respected by his teammates as well as the opposition. We are very lucky to have Josh in our organization and I look forward to watching him develop this year and into next.”
As of Sunday, Belcher was fifth on the Oil Caps in points. When asked what has allowed him to put up points this season, Belcher pointed to his teammates:
“Definitely has been the group of guys on the team. Everyone is easy to play with and is good offensively.”
The veteran, who billets with Greg and Cathy Tough, is also counted on for leadership.
“I just try to help keep everyone positive and focused on the game,” he said.