A Hockey Blog
By Jenny Stout
When Amarillo signed Scott Chartier, of St. Lazare, Manitoba, they were getting a player with strong leadership abilities as well as talent.
Chartier, a true character with a great sense of humor, has a natural leadership quality about him that makes his team respect him. Says teammate Jordon Shields, "Scott leads by example; his actions speak louder then his words. When Scott talks, you had better be listening."
Chartier, who possess the strength of reading the ice well, is a strong defenseman who can score. Not only can he score, but he is a large asset to his goal tenders. Even though a strong defenseman, Scott can step up and play forward. He states that if given the opportunity to play at a higher caliber he would like to play as a forward.
Chartier proved himself as a forward at the WPHL all-star game. Instead of playing defenseman, as normal, Scott played left wing. He scored two goals and had two assists for a total of four points, thus aiding the Western Division All-Stars to an 11-5 victory over the Eastern All-Stars.
Scott states that among his biggest influences, his parents rated the highest, along with his two older brothers. Scott, being the youngest of five siblings, he also has two older sisters, says that his brother Dave is his biggest hockey influence. (Dave is formerly of the Winnipeg Jets.) He also says that among those who have helped him in his hockey career is his wife of three years, Bechah. Beckah is currently majoring in Art Education.
Even though Chartier has had a streak of bad luck, he has remained strong in his career and beliefs. With a level head and a smart sense of business, Scott likes to help his teammates out wherever he can and he would like eventually to coach junior hockey in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, where his wife is from.
With a long road trip ahead of the Rattlers, Chartier believes that it will provide a good opportunity for the team to step up. Even with the tiring schedule ahead, he feels that the team will pull together and play some of the best hockey they have played all season.
Chartier has had a distinguished career in his five years in professional hockey. He spent two years with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in their farm system in San Diego. It was here that Scott lists his most memorable experience, playing against Wayne Gretzky in an NHL exhibition game. Scott has also posted half a season with Balitmore in the AHL, half a season in Greensboro, and two years in Jacksonville, both the ECHL, before coming to Amarillo.
Scott likes to spend his free time lifting weights, where he relieves stress. Reading and fishing are among his hobbies. He would like eventually to have a private cabin near a lake where he can spend his free time with Beckah.
Scott's message to his fans: "Thanks for the support. Without you it is hard for the team to get motivated and play their best."
Copyright 1998 by Just Hockey, reprinted from Volume One, Issue Five.
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