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It’s going to be a busy week for 12-year-old lacrosse player Kaden Kublinskas.
The peewee player is heading to the Ontario Lacrosse Association provincial championships with his London Blue Devils team. That tournament begins Friday. Should his team be good enough to make it to the final, he’ll be playing that B-level final on Sunday. That means Kublinskas will be going from that championship to the opening ceremonies with Team Ontario.
Kublinskas was named to the provincial team for the National Lacrosse Association championships. The opening ceremonies are Sunday with the first game on Monday.
Yes he’s busy. He’s also been told that he is the first male lacrosse player from his organization to be selected to Team Ontario.
“That’s what they told us,” dad John Kublinskas said. “It’s a pretty exciting time for him.”
While Kaden also plays field lacrosse, this is the box variety, the game played in arenas. Kublinskas is not the biggest player and the box game is physical, but he’s quick, mobile and can handle the stick.
The fact Kublinskas is playing lacrosse at all is surprising. His dad, a high school teacher, was big into football and basketball. He never played lacrosse.
“I remember when (Kaden) was playing minor soccer,” John said. “He tried lacrosse and he came off the court sweating. I knew ‘OK, this is the sport for him.’ It was the first time we’d actually seen him sweat.”
In an indirect way it was football that got Kaden into lacrosse. He started playing when he was four on the advice of a player his dad coached.
“It was one of my dad’s football players that recommended it to my parents, I think,” Kaden said. “It was the first sport I really played. It’s fun. It’s really intense. It’s so fast-paced. I like everything to be fast.”
Kaden also plays basketball and runs cross-country and track at Byron Northview public school.
London has developed several top notch lacrosse players, both male and female. The Blue Devils top team plays at the Junior B level.
Kaden admits to being a little nervous about his busy week. He says the furthest a team he’s played on has ever gone is a semifinal round. But he’s ready for not only his club competition but to perform on a national stage.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to representing the province in nationals.”
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