Matt Alcorn

Nickname: 9
Position:
Defence
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Right
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Birthdate:
1999
Hometown:
Kelowna, BC
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Here’s how you know you’re interviewing a former Kelowna Minor Hockey player, “Definitely winning provincials in my first year of Midget was my minor hockey highlight.” This season, it’s Matt Alcorn with those words, last season it was Kobe Oishi and Carter Hikichi, year before that Gage Colpron and Braeden Cyra. Kelowna definitely has its imprint on Storm hockey.

At 6’5” and 220 pounds, Matt Alcorn cuts a big figure but that’s not the first thing you notice when you meet him; it’s his smile. He genuinely enjoys being in Campbell River and wearing that Storm jersey.

Although, Matt is happy to be here, it wasn’t an easy decision for the big D-man. He was leaning heavily towards going to University this Fall. It was a strong, organized training camp with players focussed on winning that sold him on the Storm. “We’ve had our eye on Matt for a few years since the Midget provincials in Courtenay,” said General Manager Lee Stone, “When he became available from Summerland, we pounced, but education is important to Matt and he wasn’t sure of his plans until main camp.”  He was accepted to UBC and UVic but chose Storm hockey this year.

A prominent aspect of his game is his skating. For a big body Matt has a smooth stride that is deceptive and has already surprised opponents. Matt gives a lot of credit to his power skating instructor, “Michele (Pacholka) has always been there, every step of the way, working with me and it’s made a difference.”

Matt on his style of play: “I like to use my size to my advantage but I can skate the puck well, get some goals or set them up.”

Comfortable on the ice, in the lacrosse box or the pool, he is a throwback to when athletes competed in multiple sports. Although he swam competitively when the family lived in Montreal (picked up some records), it’s his lacrosse skills that many have noticed. He’s played two seasons of Junior B with Ridge Meadows and Kelowna and was called up to the Junior A Nanaimo Timbermen this Summer where he tallied for 3 points in 2 games.

Last season, Matt played in the KIJHL with the Summerland Steam, “The KIJHL is very competitive, a lot of strong guys that can use their body well and a lot of guys that can move the puck.” As a rookie back-liner on a strong KI team he picked up 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) but has already picked up 5 points in his first 10 VIJHL games. One of the coaches said recently that Matt is often instrumental in Storm goals, providing great outlet passes, but isn’t credited with first or second assists. That was almost word for word what Steam play-by-play broadcaster Tim Hogg had to say about the big 18 year old, “He ends up with few points, but is in on a lot of scoring plays if that makes any sense.”

“This season I want to focus on improving as a player and being a good teammate but in the end it’s all about finishing the season with a championship ring.”

Cheer on #9, Matt Alcorn.

Here’s a heads up so you’re ready when announcer Brian Down has some trivia-related giveaways. Matt Alcorn is on a very short list of Storm players born in Mexico (Mexico City FD); the only other we’re aware of is Riley Welyk who was born in Cabo San Lucas.