By: Bryce Doiron
Growing up, Tanner Doiron was like every other Canadian kid. He played hockeyÂ and dreamed of lacing up in the NHL.
Eventually, he realized his dream wasnâ€™t going to come true, as a player that is.
Now, Doiron is three games into his rookie season as a linesmen in the QuebecÂ Major Junior Hockey League. It has been quite the experience so far.
â€œIt was a little intimidating at first, but if you treat the players with respect, theyÂ usually give it back,â€ said the 19-year-old Summerside native.
It has been a long time coming, Doiron added.
â€œI started when I was 12 years old. I wanted some money on the side because IÂ played hockey too. I just grew a passion for it.â€
Paul Matte could see it.
â€œOne thing Tanner shows is a true passion for the game in all aspects.â€
Doiron is a great example for young officials who aspire to be in the same position,Â said the officiating committee manager for Hockey P.E.I.
â€œKids look up to him because they know him.â€
The future is bright for the second-year UPEI business student, said Matte.
â€œIf he really puts his nose to the ground and works hard, the skyâ€™s the limit for him.â€
Long-time QMJHL official Thane Arsenault agrees.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t be surprised if he ended up in NHL, but itâ€™s a long road.â€
Doiron is a great communicator and confident in his ability to officiate saidÂ Arsenault.
â€œHe carries himself with a certain kind of swagger and is very mature at his youngÂ age.â€
As for Doiron, his next game is Oct. 11 in Charlottetown and he says he has a bitÂ more confidence, but wonâ€™t deny he still has some nerves.
â€œIâ€™m with another veteran crew and Iâ€™m lucky to have them.â€