It’s back on the ice for Humboldt Broncos centre Ethan Zielke after a restful off-season. The second year vet was anxious to return to the fold and test himself against a new crop of SJHL players. Zielke knows that pre-season competition is not only against the opposition. It’s a matter of being noticed by coaches and staff on his own team. 

Zielke talked about the off-season transition.

“It’s been pretty good. It was refreshing to go back home for a bit and see my family and friends in the summer. But I’m definitely eager to get back here into training and improve myself to get ready for the season.”

A native of Calgary, Zielke joined the Broncos for the 2021-22 campaign where he accumulated 36 points in the regular season and a pair of critical goals in the post against La Ronge. The pre-season this year welcomes in a contingent of entry level players. Zielke knows that those youngsters will command more ice time as coaches evaluate the new crop. 

“I didn’t play all the games in the pre-season; obviously they’re looking at some younger guys to make a name for themselves and make the team. It’s good to see we have some young prospects. 

The veterans have maintained the close bond established in the previous season, says Zielke. Now it’s about passing on that culture to the new arrivals, and brushing up on French for the Quebec acquisitions, he laughs. 

Zielke is committed to Lindenwood University in Missouri, an exciting prospect following his SJHL tour. 

“I’m very grateful for that opportunity, and thankful for playing for such a good organization here that put me in the position to do that. Playing with great teammates helps you to look a lot better. I know that was a big part of me getting that commitment.”

The energy is big heading into the first game of the season happening this Saturday. Zielke is looking forward to seeing the familiar faces back in the stands and feeding off the energy of a raucous hometown Humboldt crowd.