By Matt Mackinder
A Toledo native, Brody Duncan always knew about the Toledo Cherokee and always wanted to play for the North American 3 Hockey League club when the time is right. That time is now. A 17-year-old rookie for the Cherokee, Duncan was around the team at a young age when his father, Iain, coached the team and several of Brody’s teammates from youth hockey wound up skating for the Cherokee.
“I used to skate with the team when my dad coached them for five of six years when they were in the Central States Hockey League,” explained Duncan. “I knew a lot about the organization and wanted a shot to play for the team and this year, I got my shot. I pretty much always followed the team and wanted to play here.”
Last season, Duncan skated with the Cleveland Barons Midget Major AAA team and made the lateral move to the NA3HL this year. One change, however, has seen Duncan move from forward to defense, a situation Duncan has embraced whole-heartedly.
“Being a forward my whole life and now playing defense, I can say I’m happy where I'm at,” said Duncan. “I feel I bring an offensive side to defense, if that makes sense, and still put up some points, but I’m definitely not happy about the penalty minutes. I think I play a very aggressive style of game, love to play the body and I think my vision and passing are my biggest strengths.”
Iain Duncan, who played four years at Division I Bowling Green, three seasons with the ECHL’s Toledo Storm and also in 127 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets, has obviously been a heavy influence on his son. “My dad has been awesome and helped me understand the game since I was young,” Duncan said. “He helps all the time. Just going to him to ask little questions helps a lot or he can point out some things I need to work on in my game.”
Just how far does Duncan want to go in hockey? He sets his goals pretty much the highest one can set them. ”My dreams are to play major junior and to move up in hockey,” said Duncan. “And you never know, maybe the NHL.”