OFF THE MEND
“Joey has a super high skill level,” Letizia said. “He’s a real offensive type of player. He has great hands. You see it every day in practice. He was injured for a few months and unable to play."
Joey Baez only got a brief glimpse into the world of Johnstown Tomahawks hockey before the injury bug came biting. The forward lost nearly two-months of action before returning to the team in time for the New Year's Eve game against Fairbanks.
The then 17-year-old from Tampa, Florida, was eager to perform in front of a crowd of 3,045 much like the rest of his Tomahawks teammates. But Baez’s enthusiasm extended beyond the festive atmosphere on what traditionally is a special night for Johnstown hockey fans.
He made up for the lost time against Fairbanks, scoring a goal and setting up another.
“It was all very energetic. I was really excited to get back,” Baez said on Thursday. “After being out for so long, you want to jump back into it. I was running off of excitement and adrenaline.”