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KESSY LOOKS TO IMPROVE ON ROOKIE SEASON
By Chad Hudson,
As the offseason progresses, Kale Kessy is training to improve on his first professional season for the Oklahoma City Barons.
With the 2014-2015 season approaching and Kessy well into his offseason program, the 21-year-old forward is looking to be a key piece to what appears to be a team full of youth.
“I think it’s exciting, we definitely have a lot of young guys and you see we still made the playoffs [last season] and gave Texas a good run,” Kessy said. “It’s definitely exciting to be apart of when you have a young team.”
As Kessy grows and adjusts to life in the American Hockey League, it was clear that the veteran players played a key role in helping his transition.
“A lot of the older guys made it comfortable for our younger guys,” Kessy said. “They were welcoming and it was a great organization to be apart of.”
With the comfort, the Barons were able to make it into the playoffs with a remarkable second-half run and that led to confidence heading into next season.
“[It was] definitely a huge boost of confidence for the guys in the room to get into the playoffs,” Kessy said.
After the first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Texas Stars, confidence and a chip on their shoulder is something fans can look forward to next season.
“I thought we did a really good job this season,” Kessy said. “[We just need to] build on it in the offseason and get better.”
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