By Chad Hudson, on 06/18/2014

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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