It’s been one heck of a ride.
Over the course of his WHL career, Kaden Elder has done it all. Win a WHL championship, play over 300 career games, rack up over 100 career points, and more.
The list of accomplishments goes on and on for number 29.
“I’m still having so much fun,” Elder said. “From my first game in the league to now, that feeling that I get when I step out onto the ice has never changed.
“My confidence grew with each year and I never stopped putting the extra hours to improve and it helped me become the player I am today.”
With this being his last year in the WHL, it’s been a memorable one so far with setting a new career high in points with 50 (23G, 27A) and he has been a key component in the Hitmen top-six.
It was the perfect fit for both Elder and the club, and an opportunity he hasn’t taken for granted.
“I was so excited to come here and knew that this was going to be a special group of guys to play with,” he said. “There isn’t anything more I could ask for my last year in the league. We’re a close group, have great coaches and the fans have been amazing in supporting us night in and night out.
“It’s an honour to be a part of such a world class organization and I couldn’t be happier.”
Outside from his offence and instant chemistry alongside Mark Kastelic, the 20-year-old has brought a lot of experience from winning a WHL Championship with the Swift Current Broncos last season.
Both on and off the ice, he’s been a key leader.
“I hate to lose,” Elder said. “I’m willing to do anything for the team and I know that the team is willing to do anything for me. I have their back and they have mine and it’s something we all take pride in being there to lift each other up.
“It’s been an amazing year here in Calgary and I know that it’s a season I will never forget. From scoring the teddy goal to just being in the locker room with the guys, I’ve loved every minute of it.”
With the regular season winding down and 11 games left to play before the post-season starts, the Saskatoon native can’t help but realize that this it and the chapter of junior hockey in the Kaden Elder story is nearing its finale.
And it would only be fitting to end the chapter with one last playoff run.
“I’m just going to keep playing until I can’t play in this league anymore,” he laughed. “I know it’s my last year and I’ve had great years so it’s bitter sweet knowing that the time is coming to a close. There are a lot of friends you make in the league and that’s the hardest part of saying goodbye and not being able to play alongside or against them anymore.
“But until that day, all my focus is doing whatever to help us win and make a deep run in the playoffs.”