Coyotes' Pearson Proving Doubters Wrong


"One out of the two kids plays hockey and if you don't have someone in your family that plays hockey it's very strange. We are hockey crazy," Jonah Pearson said.

He's from Canada...Jonah Pearson brought his hockey culture to Casper Wyoming for..

The exposure for sure, you know. It's always been my dream to play college hockey," Pearson said. "And show I'm ready to move up to the next level."

Growing up Pearson was told his hockey career would come up short.

"When I was 14-years-old I was told that I would never play a game of junior hockey. I was only 5 foot 3, 110 pounds and a coach cut me," Pearson said.

"It's crushing, especially as a 14 year old and you're expecting to move up in the hockey world, then you go out and you get cut. Not only that, your said that basically your future is empty," he said.

Then he quietly went to work.

"My parents cleaned out the garage and would pull out the car every night. They helped me a lot through it. Being in there was like my sanctuary.

"Basically the back wall that was behind the net is gone. The dry wall is completely destroyed.

With a strong shot came some tricks.

"I would just look at guys, like Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi playing with the puck in warm ups and I'd be like, 'Wow I really want to do that. I want to be like that.' I'd go home the next morning and practice in the garage for hours," Pearson said.

What would you say to that coach now?

"I'd like to see the guy to show him my stats and all that for sure. That's definitely something to do."

"I've played with Mathew Barzel, guys that are already playing in the NHL," he said. "People still think I'm that little kid that was 5"3' when I was 14. It's nice to come back and show what you've accomplished to your peers.

He's now 6 foot 2, 185 pounds and an impact player on the ice for coyotes.