CKSN’s Athletes of the Decade
With the ringing in of a new decade, we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at Chatham-Kent’s top athletes of the decade.
To make our All-Decade list, an athlete needed to be playing at a high level, throughout the decade. So although some athletes, such as Shaun Suisham, or Ryan Jones, were definitely worthy, we were looking for athletes who spanned our headlines from start to finish of the 2010’s.
Here’s a look at our Athletes of the Decade:
CKSN’s All-Decade Team:
Seth Griffith – In 2010, Seth Griffith was playing for a OHL’s London Knights. He went on to be an OHL First Team All-Star, and play for Canada’s U18 team. He became an NHL Draft pick of the Boston Bruins, and spent the remainder of the decade playing in the NHL and AHL. Today, he is the leading goal scorer for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
Bridget Carleton – A young Bridget Carleton started the decade playing for the Chatham-Kent Wildcats and Team Ontario, winning National gold with the U15 team in 2011. She soon joined Canada at the U16 level, and never looked back. An NCAA All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year with the Iowa State Cyclones, Carleton became a staple on Canada’s National Women’s team, and a WNBA draft pick of the Connecticut Sun. She currently plays professionally with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, and WNBL’s Townsville Fire.
TJ Brodie – In 2010 Brodie was graduating from the OHL into the Calgary Flames’ organization. He soon became an AHL All-Star with Abbotsford, played at the World Championships with Team Canada, and has become one of the NHL’s most consistent offensive defensemen playing over 600 games in the decade.
Jordan Durston – A young Jordan Durston was playing Junior B lacrosse for the Wallaceburg Red Devils, and Junior C hockey for Wallaceburg and Blenheim to start the decade. He soon ascended to playing Junior A lacrosse for Six Nations, and to become a NLL draft pick. He started his NLL career with Vancouver, and spent time with Buffalo, before closing out the decade playing at the World Championships, and in the NLL with New England.
Breanne Nicholas – Back at the start of the decade, a young athlete named Breanne Nicholas was starring for the Kent Havoc, and on the local track and field scene. She soon joined Team Ontario and Team Canada before playing OUA rugby for the Western University Mustangs. For the bulk of the decade, including to date, Breanne Nicholas has been a key contributor for Canada’s National Women’s Rugby 7s team.