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Eisner taking advantage of every minute of play


Hockey players across the province continue to wait for arena’s to reopen, and practices and games start up again. While no firm dates are on the horizon, that doesn’t mean local players are sitting around
watching television.
That includes Parkland Rangers U18 defenceman Bo Eisner. The Swan River product hasn’t exactly been
idle - not by any stretch. “We actually have a home gym and we just got our backyard rink going,” said a clearly relieved Eisner.
Before the Rangers season was halted due to the province shuttering arenas and sports facilities last month, Eisner was still settling into his first season in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League.
Having made the jump from the U15 Rangers last season, Eisner was able to get a good read on where he stood in terms of skill level. “I thought that I handled myself well defensively and was able to jump up in the play when I could, and made some plays,” said the 5’11”, 167 lb. rearguard. While he may not have registered a point in the seven games the Rangers played before getting shut down, Eisner felt he was able to differentiate the two levels of hockey. “I thought the biggest difference between U15 and U18 was the speed of some of the older players, and the physicality,” added Eisner. Eisner, whose father Chris had a successful junior hockey career with the Dauphin Kings some 30 years ago, also wants to one day get to that level as well. While he plays a different style than his dad may have, hockey has changed over the years. The younger Eisner possesses an offensive flare dad might have wished he had to save the wear and tear on his knuckles. “Junior hockey is definitely something I work towards and hopefully I 
can make the jump in the future.” “To get there, I think I need to work on my physicality and my shot,” said the 15-year old Eisner. It hasn’t been just hockey that Eisner has had to deal with being cancelled over the past several months. A multi-sport athlete, Eisner has also seen both a baseball season be minimized along with seeing a football season get wiped out earlier this fall. Football was going to see Bo have a chance to share the field with his older brother Cody, a Grade 12 student, most certainly a disappointment for the brothers along with their dad and mother Ronda. “It’s definitely been hard to have so many things cancelled,” said Eisner. “But, at least I was fortunate enough to play some games this  fall.”
Athletes are a special breed and the bond they form with teammates is immeasurable. It’s not something non-athletes understand and it is often the most memorable aspect of team sports.
That is no different for Eisner. “I definitely miss being around the rink and practicing, and just hanging out and playing with my teammates” concluded Eisner.

Brian Gilroy