Kelowna Rockets goaltender Roman Basran has been training non-stop since his season ended abruptly in a playoff tiebreaker.
In addition to traditional on-ice and strength training, he travelled to Jamaica to experience a different style of training that has given him a different outlook on life.
The Vancouver product appeared in 51 games for the Rockets this season, winning 20 of them thanks to a .906 save percentage and 2.79 goals-against average.
Not wanting to slow down, Basran, 17, has continued to practice daily, sometimes three times a day. A typical day includes hitting the ice in the morning and then another form of training in the afternoon.
Last month, he travelled to Jamaica alongside Swift Current Broncos defenceman Austin Herron and Niagara IceDogs centre Akil Thomas.
The trip provided them with the chance to not only train, but also experience life differently.
“Going there was an experience that I won’t forget, seeing the way that they live showed me how lucky we are here,” said Basran.
“While I was there, I got to train with the sprinting team. Running the track, which had goats on it in the plus-30 weather was a good experience. It was a different way to train I really enjoyed it.”
Last weekend, the six-foot-one, 195-pound netminder was invited to Hockey Canada’s goaltending camp in Calgary.
The camp brought together top goaltenders and elite instructors from across the country. It served as the initial evaluation stage for summer development and selection camps for Canada’s national teams.
“It went by really fast, but I had the chance to experience coaching from a handful of different coaches. It was fun to meet a lot of the top goalies in Canada and be able to push each other.”
Next up for Basran is hoping to hear his name called at the NHL draft in Vancouver next weekend. Central Scouting ranks him 18th among North American goalies.
Basran and the Rockets missed the playoffs last season, falling to the Kamloops Blazers 5-1 in a one-game playoff after the teams finished the regular season tied.