For home games during the 2017-18 season, the Carleton Place Canadians will be profiling one player from the team. This time, the profile is on Justin Cmunt.
Birthdate: Jan. 28, 1998
Hometown: East Amherst, NY
Weight: 180 lbs
Cmunt is in his second season with the Canadians after being a mid-season acquisition by Carleton Place last year.
He has been a bit of a junior hockey journeyman on both sides of the border as he spent time in the OJHL, USHL and NAHL before coming to the CCHL with the Canadians.
“Started playing my first year in the OJHL helped me, playing against older guys was tough,” Cmunt said. “I had some rough spots with injuries and other stuff off the ice but I think it built up my character. It taught me how the business really works, what you need to know coming into a rink everyday and, obviously, coach Clarke knows that.”
In 2015-16, Cmunt showed his offensive side in his time with Carleton Place as he had 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 38 regular season games. He added 10 points – six goals, four assists – in 16 playoff games en route to a Bogart Cup title.
“Coming here, the biggest adjustment was the style of play here and how hard we practice,” expressed Cmunt. “Coming to the rink, knowing how hard you have to work just so you know you’re going to be in the line-up and play games. Those practices help with how hard they are because sometimes games aren’t as hard as our practices.”
In the team’s first 27 games of the season, Cmunt has played every game and has put up 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points in the early going.
On the ice, Cmunt said he likes to be more of a playmaker on the ice.
“I think a playmaker that has a quick release that can shoot the puck pretty well for being a smaller guy,” he continued. “Use my skill, use my skating ability to make plays out there and use my IQ to make things happen. I will go in the corners and use my body a little bit but overall I think I’m a skilled player.”