Maple leave of absence

Perth Thunder teammates and roommates Sean Hamilton, Ken Rolph and Sam Wilson. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d400648
Perth Thunder teammates and roommates Sean Hamilton, Ken Rolph and Sam Wilson. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d400648

The Guelph, Ontario native who was last season’s Most Valuable Player for the Thunder in the Australian Ice Hockey League, said he had been enjoying his time in Perth for a second season.

‘I first started skating when I was about three years old and have been playing ever since,’ he said. ‘I sent out a few emails to different teams and Perth was the one who came back to me and I thought I should give it a go.

‘I love Perth, I’ve been treated well and I like all the guys from the team.

‘It’s a nice place with great weather.’

Rolph, who lives with teammates Sean Hamilton and Sam Wilson, admits they are a close-knit bunch.

‘Sean is one of our imports who originally came to Perth just to visit; he is now our fifth import, while Sam is Australian and the captain,’ he said.

‘We all get along pretty good. It’s good to have a team of guys who are pretty close ” it makes it better for the team if everyone gets along.’

After a tough start that has the team with just one win from four matches in its second season, Rolph said he was hoping the addition of two more imports could help the side reach the play-offs, and finish higher than last year’s sixth place.

‘We haven’t got off to a good start but we haven’t had a full team yet. We are still waiting on two imports,’ he said.