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Tonight will be a second homecoming of sorts when Dorchester born Boone Jenner laces up his skates for team OHL in the Subway Super Series game, taking on the Russian Selects.
Aside from getting a chance to particiapate in another reiteration of a long standing hockey rivalry, Jenner is getting another opportunity to play close to home since his eastern conference Generals usually make a trip to London only once a season.
“It’s really special . I’m pretty pumped,” he said from Oshawa last week. “To have the game in London is special (because) a lot of my family and friends can go.”
It hasn’t been long since Jenner last hit the ice at the JLC. The Generals came away with a 4 3 overtime win Oct. 22.
But this time will be a little bit different when Jenner lines up alongside players he’d usually be facing off against.
“It’ll be different walking into the room with those guys,” he said. “But we got to put it aside and come together.”
The Super Series will feature some of the best Russian junior players as they tour Canada’s major junior leagues, taking on all star lineups along the way. Even though the game serves as a break from OHL play, Jenner said the team isn’t looking for a night off.
“We’re going to take it seriously,” he said. “To take part in that should be pretty fun. Plus,
it’ll give me a chance to show my stuff.”
He’ll have a strong group of supporters from Dorchester at the game, as usual when he plays in London.
“We’re very excited and very proud of him to get the invite,” said Terri Jenner, Boone’s mother. “It’ll be nice to see him again. There should be quite a huge family presence there.”
Jenner is in his second OHL season after playing 65 games and scoring 49 points as a rookie to go along with 91 penalty minutes. The six foot two centre is off to a good start this season with four goals and six assists after 13 games.
He has some international hockey experience after playing for team Ontario in last year’s World Under 17 Challenge, but said he expects the competition from Russia to be “a lot better” this time around.
Jenner will be joined by two London Knights for tonight’s game, defenseman Scott Harrington and forward Michael MacDonald.
“I can’t wait,” MacDonald said. “It’s going to be really exciting . especially playing in front of the home fans.”
Harrington was also a member of the U 17 Ontario team alongside Jenner. And he played against international competition as a member of Canada’s Under 18 team in Slovakia last summer.
“I’ve had two opportunities so far and it’s been a lot of fun both times,” Harrington said. “There’s still some rivalry between Canada and Russia so I’m looking forward to defending not only the OHL but Canada also. It should be a lot of fun.”.