Over four years with the team, Bambico has seen many changes within the organization. Bambico has experienced three different coaches and seen countless players come and go with the years. However, the change Bambico has experienced the most has been the evolution of his game.
“Not too much has changed over the years, just the coaching staff in my play really,” commented Bambico in an interview Sunday afternoon.
Being a veteran, and playing in 125 regular season games with one team, is no ordinary feat in junior hockey. Within the Generals organization, accomplishing a milestone such as this carries weight.
Bambico is one of the leaders in the locker room and on the ice that other players look to as a source of confidence and direction.
“I definitely have a big say in decisions between the guys, but Cody Andersen has the final say when it comes down to team decisions,” said Bambico. “Some say I provide that confidence to the guys on the ice. I tell them things like, ‘everything can be controlled and not to worry about little mistakes. To let things go, and to stay focused on the game no matter what is happening.’”
This past weekend, Bambico had three points (two goals, one assist). One of these goals scored the game-winning goal, which set the Generals up to sweep the first place West Sound Warriors. After playing 124 games with the Generals, it is surprising that this is one of Bambico’s favorite memories since becoming a member of team.
In his interview, Bambico reminisced on games with the Generals. None stood out to him as a more memorable game than his first game; strapping up in Blue and Yellow.
“Every game of mine has a moment that I always remember, but my all time favorite has to be my very first game against the Seattle Totems, who were the defending league champs,” said Bambico. It was opening weekend we beat them; sweeping the defending league champs in front of our home crowd.”
Bambico remarked that one of his favorite moments, “has to be this past weekend, beating West Sound again, the first placed team two games in a row. It showed them the Generals, as a team, are someone to worry about, and things will no longer be easy for them when they play us.”
It has been a journey for Bambico, but he still has plenty of games left to contribute to the Generals.
“It has definitely been a long road to get to 125 games. I have the battle scars to prove it,” said Bambico. “It’s not too significant, I am just happy to still be playing the game I love to play, and to be with the Generals still is a great honor.”
When the Generals take to the ice tonight, look for No. 9 with the name “Bambico” stitched across the back. It is not every day that a player in the Northern Pacific Hockey League sees 125 games with the same team.