Kyle Hope isn’t a defenceman.
And he also isn’t a forward.
So just what is the 19-year-old Blenheim native?
“I think it’s a good thing to be versatile and my dad always told me that I’m a hockey player and not a forward or a defenceman,” Hope said in an interview prior to the Owen Sound Attack’s 4-2 win in Oshawa on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League action.
“I feel that if you play hockey, you should be able to play anywhere. It’s the best for the team and I feel like I’ve played pretty well up front.”
Owen Sound thought of Hope as a defenceman when they pulled the trigger on a trade with Oshawa for him last season — possibly a guy who could quarterback their power play in the future.
But a funny thing happened in the playoffs.
The Attack was looking for some extra offence when captain Mike Halmo was suspended. So they moved Hope up front.
And he brought a physical presence and a scoring touch that was sorely needed.
“Kyle has played in all different situations on all different lines and he’s done a good job,” Attack assistant coach Drew Bannister said.
“He just goes out there and works hard. He skates very well and he is very valuable to our team. We’re able to put him back on the point on the power play or on (defence) if we need to. He can play on the first, second, or third line for you and he just goes out and does his job.”
Hope bounced between winger and defenceman in the preseason but Owen Sound settled the issue when they moved him to the wing full time in September. He’s now patrolling wing on the first line with centre Daniel Catenacci and winger Cameron Brace.
“They’re two very skilled players and they’re crafty, so I have to give them room by being physical,” said Hope, who made his first appearance in Oshawa on Sunday since the trade.
“I know my game and it’s not necessarily fancy. I’m a grinder and I’m going to go out and hit. That’s what I do.”
Daniel Catenacci, Keevin Cutting, Gemel Smith and Nathan Chiarlitti scored for the Attack (25-8-1-2, second in the Midwest).
Bradley Latour and Scott Laughton replied for the Generals (21-13-1-2, second in the East).
Owen Sound goalie Brandon Hope made 19 saves while Oshawa’s Daniel Altshuller stopped 31 shots.
The Attack hosts the Kitchener Rangers on Wednesday.
Game time at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre is 7 p.m.