Rossi rolling for Pilots

In a season where the injury bug has feasted on the Abbotsford Pilots like never before, Adam Rossi has been a rock.

Adam Rossi’s consistency has been a huge boon to the Abbotsford Pilots this season.

Adam Rossi’s consistency has been a huge boon to the Abbotsford Pilots this season.

In a season where the injury bug has feasted on the Abbotsford Pilots like never before, Adam Rossi has been a rock for the local junior B hockey club.

The 19-year-old forward from Surrey leads the Pilots in scoring with 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 35 games, but it’s how he’s compiled those numbers that’s been most impressive.

Rossi is the only player on the Pilots’ injury-riddled roster to play in every game this season, and as of press time, he hadn’t gone even two games in a row without registering a point.

That type of consistency is remarkable, and it’s not lost on Pilots head coach Jim Cowden.

“If it wasn’t for his play, we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are,” said Cowden, whose team is tied for first place in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference with the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

“He’s been our most consistent player.”

Heading into the season, Cowden had Rossi pegged for more of a secondary scoring role, behind the likes of Kevin Lourens, Riley Lamb and Brad Parker. But Lourens and Lamb have been dinged up, missing 19 and eight games, respectively, which has pushed Rossi up the depth chart.

To his credit, Rossi was fully prepared to take on an increased role – Cowden said he showed up at training camp carrying an extra 10 pounds of muscle, and he’s already doubled his point total from last season.

“He’s been a pleasant surprise,” Cowden said. “He came into camp stronger, and his play has been just phenomenal. It’s tough to get the puck away from him – he’s got a great shot, great release, and moves the puck extremely well.”