The Mississauga Senators would like to congratulate Kenzo Boulou Ebanda on being selected as the featured player of the month. This is Kenzo’s first year playing in the GTHL. He is a right-winger on the Midget team. To date he has 4 points this season with 1 goal scored and 3 assists. “Kenzo shows a tremendous desire to learn and improve each time he goes on the ice, combined with his strong work ethic, this has made him a valuable asset to our team”, says Coach Mike James.
Kenzo moved from Ottawa this year and grew up with a French mother and a Cameroonian dad. “This made growing that much cooler because I got to live in a mix of different cultures” says Kenzo.
Neither of Kenzo’s parents knew much about hockey, but wanted Kenzo to learn how to skate and at the age of 5 his mother’s friend recommended that she put him in hockey. This is when Kenzo fell in love with the sport. “There’s so many things that I love about hockey but if I had to name one thing it would be the way that hockey teaches kids discipline. You can’t have success playing hockey without being disciplined and wanting to get better every single day and that translates directly into how life works” says Kenzo.
Associate Coach Mick Reidy says that “Kenzo is a player who shows excellent dedication and work ethic and realizes that not everything is going to be easy, this complements his good skill sets”. He shows a desire to get better, and to be a good teammate. He demonstrates a passion for winning.” Kenzo never quits “I have been told no by so many people in hockey, so everyone told me that I should just stop trying. I think if most people ended up in my situation they would’ve maybe given up, but it motivated me to get better and prove to those who counted me out that I can do it” he says, “I’m trying to go as far as possible in hockey and if that translates into a career that’s what I will pursue, but I believe that it’s essential to have a plan B, so I am also interested in becoming an investment banker”.
The Mississauga Senators would like to congratulate Kenzo on his hard work, and dedication on and off the ice. Kenzo is an excellent role model to younger hockey players and we wish him luck and success throughout the rest of the season.