A PROMISING Sutton ice hockey star hopes to one day make a name for himself in the National Hockey League after being selected to play for England.
Brady Doxey (12) will represent his nation when he travels to Quebec, Canada, to compete in the prestigious International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament - which is widely regarded as the most important youth competition in the sport - in February.
The Pee-Wee tournament will involve around 2,300 players from 16 different countries and will attract talent scouts from a host of National Hockey League clubs looking for the next generation of stars.
Proud dad Jonathan said: “This is such an important tournament to be involved in and Brady is over the moon to have been selected. The trials started with 100 players, before going down to 50 and then 27.
“There will be talent scouts looking at these players and Brady definately has his mind focused on becoming an NHL player. He loves playing ice hockey and cannot wait to get out there. This is going to be an amazing chance for him.”
Talented Brady, who attends Tibshelf Comprehensive, first took to the ice at the Lammas Leisure Centre during a free try-out event organised by Sutton Sting back in 2008.
And the sports fanatic, who also plays football for Tibshelf, has not looked back since then, going on to represent the Midlands Ice Hockey Team.
Jonathan added: “Brady is a naturally talented sportsman and is obviously very good at ice hockey. I am thrilled and very proud that Brady has been selected.
“There was so much talent on show at the selection trials, but the coaches have obviously seen something in him and it is fantastic that Brady came through the trials.
“We will just see how things progress. It will be a tremendous experience travelling to Canada for this event. Hopefully Brady can progress as he wants, but at the moment it’s just about enjoying things and seeing how it goes.
“This is a fantastic success story for the Sutton Sting and all the coaches there deserve great credit for unearthing the talent they have and making the Sting such a success.
“The coaches do it on a voluntary basis and their hard work has created opportunities for Brady and others.”
The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament takes place between 14th and 24th February and is expected to attract crowds totaling around 200 000 fans.