Wardner spent two years on three different junior hockey teams and now wants to pursue baseball in college.
Cody Wardner - Played two seasons of junior hockey
Winnipeg - 2016
Dryden - 2016-2017
OKC - 2017-2018
CHS Class of 2016
Career Hopes - Going to pursue baseball career in college
Other CHS Sports - Football, Baseball and Soccer
Did you always want to play junior hockey or did you plan to go to college first?
I originally planned to play junior hockey right out of school because I didn’t have a college options at that point in time.
Was your current team your only option?
I had a couple other options aside from OKC but they were in slightly worse hockey leagues so I chose to go to OKC.
What was your biggest high school sports accomplishment?
To be honest, I’m not sure if I have a biggest accomplishment from high school sports. But if I had to pick it would probably be hitting my first home run my sophomore year I think.
What was your biggest junior hockey accomplishment?
My biggest junior hockey accomplishment has got to be winning a championship with Dryden last year.
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
I liked every coach I had a lot I don’t really think I had a favorite to be honest. Our high school is blessed with some great coaches and great people.
What’s one thing a coach has told you that stuck with you?
I can’t remember who said it but one of my coaches said to trust the process and work hard and things will work out.
What is an aspect of your game that has changed dramatically from high school to juniors?
I think the biggest change to my game has been my vision. I think I’ve learned to see things on the ice a lot better and make plays I would not normally have seen in high school.
What is your daily routine in season?
We would have practice at 10 sometimes followed by a workout at 1. And then normally after we would have the rest of the day to relax or work.
What was one thing you took note of at your first juniors practice?
The first thing I ever noticed was how much faster everyone was compared to high school.
How do you handle the pressures of playing at a higher, competitive level?
It was definitely hard mentally to try and perform right away, but as you get accustomed to the speed and physicality of the game, the pressure kind of goes away and you just “play your game.”
What do you miss about playing for Crookston?
I really miss the rink and the guys I played with. The teammates I had were great guys no matter which sport I was playing and just the high school feeling representing a school and your hometown was a pretty special feeling.
What's your next step after juniors?
I wasn’t able to find a college fit for me so I’m going to go to school around Crookston and try to play baseball.
What advice do you have for kids wanting to play junior hockey?
I'm not sure what advice I would have other than work hard and enjoy it because you can’t play juniors forever. It was a couple of the best years of my life and I’ll remember those times forever so just enjoy the moments and work hard.