Playing with the best

Dunkirk Senior High School Class of 2014 member Jake Majka gave up having a normal senior year to go play junior hockey for the Philadelphia Revolution of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

“It didn’t take very long,” Majka said when asked if it took a while to get acclimated to being away from home. “The guys were all great. We became a very tight-knit group very quickly and it benefited our team.”

The Revolution were one of 26 teams in the MJHL, which competes at the Tier III level. Majka appeared in 35 of his team’s 55 games and scored three goals while recording as many assists.

“I learned so much about myself as a player and the game,” Majka said. “My coach was a great ‘x’s and o’s’ coach with a lot of experience.”

It was not all easy, however, as Majka had to overcome a few hurdles to stay on the ice.

“I struggled with injuries and illness through some of the year,” Majka noted. “And that was kind of new territory for me, but I tried to take it all in stride.”

Majka helped the Revolution to a 27-14-1 record and 55 points, which was good enough for first in the Dowd Division and fourth in the Southern Conference.

“The year went well,” Majka said. “Overall, as a team, we won our division, and even though we lost in the first round (of the playoffs), I felt it was a successful season.”

Majka played in both of the Revolution’s playoff games, a pair of losses to the Frederick Freeze in the Keegan Cup quarterfinals.

“There’s too many memories to count,” Majka said. “It was all a great experience and I’m doing it again actually.”

Majka will be heading out to Casper, Wyoming next fall to play for the Casper Coyotes of the Western States Hockey League, where he will be met by a familiar face.

“He believes in me,” Majka said of his coach, John Ambrefe. “The main reason I’m going to Casper is because he’s coaching that team.”

With his high school days coming to an end, and another year of juniors scheduled for 2014-15, Majka is still looking forward to playing hockey at another level.

“The goal is still college,” Majka concluded. “And I think I took strides toward that this year. But there is still a ton of work left to do.”