“The committed start early. The hungry never stop.”
With two years of WHL playing experience in an Everett Silvertips sweater now on his resume, the only question left for Connor Dewar is “what’s in store at the next level?”
By now, everyone who’s watched a Silvertip game with pinpoint focus understands the vital building blocks of his game: a tireless thirst for battle. Dubbed “The Pitbull” by Tips radio voice Mike Benton during Dewar’s rookie season for his relentless and (by pop culture definition) “savage” approach, he made it impossible to be pulled from the lineup.
He scored in his WHL debut. He didn’t miss a game in his rookie season. And about that incredible, mid-air “spin-o-rama” goal against Michael Herringer and the Kelowna Rockets? Never mind it tied a feverish paced game at 5-5 on a shorthanded goal, never mind it completed a Tips comeback from a 5-1 deficit. Simply, the effort made it one of the most spectacular goals in Silvertips history.
One season after his Rookie of the Year campaign, Dewar brought back the same forceful work ethic every shift, missing just one game due and nearly doubling his point total. He skated away with the Tips “F.I.E.R.C.E. Predator” award in the U.S. Division banner-clinching home finale.
Of his 25 career goals, five have already come by way as a game-winner.
With Dominic Zwerger aged out of the program and Patrick Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne set for possibly one more season as overagers, and more Tips youth aging into a more mature cast, Dewar’s possibilities are endless.
Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love shared more below.
RE: CONNOR DEWAR’S PLAY AND WORK ETHIC – DOES ANYBODY WORK HARDER THAN HIM?
MITCH LOVE: “Not a chance. Ever since Connor came to camp as a 15-year old and even at 16 – an Orrin Centazzo-like situation and coming into camp under the radar – you just couldn’t deny his work ethic and determination on a shift-to-shift basis. He’s a very underrated player on our roster as far as getting more recognition. But man, he’s a guy who comes to the rink every day wanting to get better. You didn’t have to prod him. Those are the types of players that coaches want to coach.”
RE: HOW DOES DEWAR GET EVEN BETTER?
LOVE: “Well I think both himself and the team is wondering what kind of offensive player he’ll turn out to be. Again, I think everyone would love to score more goals. Connor does so many other things – besides scoring goals – that other guys can’t do. I think that will bring him further along in his career should he choose to pursue the pro avenue. I think we’ll look for him to contribute more offensively this year. He understands the areas of where to score goals. He’s never had a problem with that. It’s also about understanding goaltending and proceeding with skill development. He’s a guy who can take a step up as an 18-year old.”
RE: ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF DEWAR WEARING A CAPTAIN’S “C” OR ALTERNATE “A”:
LOVE: “I think (it’s possible). He’s a soft spoken kid who lets his work ethic do the talking. I don’t think it’ll change much. Every team needs a guy like that and we’re fortune to have a kid in Connor who can do that for us.”