Monday, October 5, 2015 - Submitted by Tina Girdler
Tommy Powell is a goal scorer. It’s simply not an area of concern got the 29-year old. In twelve seasons in the Australian Ice hockey League the forward has had ten 20-point seasons including five over 30.
As the inaugural AIHL MVP winner in 2007, Powell has found ways to consistently elevate his game season-after-season to the highest levels of play in the league.
Dominating on the attack for the Melbourne Ice, the club’s alternate captain considers them most successful when succeeding as a team, despite the accolades.
“I consider myself truly honoured to win the inaugural AIHL MVP Award,” Powell said of his 2007 campaign that saw him score 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points. “I honestly didn’t see it coming. I had a great season individually and a successful team season but I’m not here to win individual awards even though they are appreciated. I would rather win a championship any day.”
“The way I was brought up was always to put the team first and I live by that in my everyday life thanks to my parents.”
With a personal best record in goals, points and assists this season, Tommy lived by that mantra, leaving it out on the ice game-after-game for his team to lead all Australian players with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists).
“This season I really tried to put it all on the line and give my everything all the time,” Powell said. “Obviously it’s tough when things aren't going right for you personally at times during the year but being in such a positive environment with the Melbourne Ice means our goals were always team goals first.”
“With having such great team goals, our team is super close and do everything for each other which brings out the best in people. The beauty of our team is we have such a solid group of players that anyone can play with anyone and exceed so then the little things like goals and assists come easier.”
A member of the exclusive three-peat club with the Melbourne Ice, Powell and his teammates see the off-season as vital to their personal development in raising the bar as the quality of players on ice increases each year.
“I believe that after every season is a major learning curve with the quality of the imports and the Aussie talent growing rapidly,” Powell said. “To be on top of my game, the offseason is massive as it’s about balancing the correct rest time for the body and then turning it up for lots of preseason work.”
“I spend a lot of time training with the Melbourne Ice fitness guru, James Meredith. He really knows how to get the best out of the boys. I’ve also spent a lot of time training with Matt Armstrong at the O'Brien Group Arena. I believe you’re more successful when you train with teammates, as we know how to push each other to our fullest.”
After coming so close to victory this season, Powell believes this team focus will see the Melbourne side once again reunited with the Goodall Cup.
“I believe the older you get in the game, the more you understand how to be the best player you can be for the team and then for yourself; success will follow,” Powell said.