Halifax Mooseheads forward Vince Watt is more than eager to begin his second season with the hockey club. He prefers Vince over Vincent by the way. Watt is spending the summer at his family home located just a few minutes outside of Montreal.
He is originally from the small community of Ormstown, Quebec, not far from the United States border, but says his family of six moved closer to Montreal when he was about five-years-old.
Vince is the youngest of four children including his sister Alex and brothers’ Devin & Malcolm (with whom he likes to spend some of his spare time hitting the golf course).
Watt played 43 games for the Mooseheads last season, contributing three goals and five assists to go along with 17 penalty minutes.
“My first year was really a great experience, I had a lot of fun and of course there were some ups and downs, but at the end of the day I’m pretty excited to go back to camp and show people what I can do,” he said.
Watt sounds like a determined player who is ready to do what it takes to be successful with the team once training camp opens on August 13.
“I think I have a lot to prove and I think I can really surprise people like the fans and coaches. Last year I did my role as a rookie and this year I’m looking to make a bigger impact with the team.”
He is focused on his role and what he can provide for the club.
“I’m a power forward who can do some scoring and I don’t mind getting physical and maybe getting into the dirty areas a little bit, it’s all part of my game.”
Watt is modest but proud when thinking back to his first career goal with the Mooseheads that came during a 9-2 Halifax drubbing of Acadie-Bathurst in November, 2013.
“It wasn’t anything special just a little tap-in actually, my linemate Samuel Leblanc was jamming away at it and I was able to tap it into the back of the net. It was a pretty good feeling though.”
Watt says he owes a lot to his parents Larry and Susan for getting him to where he is now in his career.
“They’ve been awesome to me and pushed me to do well in everything I choose to do in life. They told me to work as hard in school as I do in hockey and they’ve supported me all the way.”
Vince admits it was a bit strange moving away from Montreal for the first time and coming east to play in Halifax, but everyone involved help to make it an easy transition.
“I had never lived away from home before, but the billets provided by the organization are all very nice people and it wasn’t long before it felt like home.”
Watt says he’s ready for another exciting season in Moose Country and likes the club’s chances this season.
“I think we’re going to be very good because we’ve got some great players coming back, and some excellent prospects coming in, so I think we can surprise the league.”