Sexton Wields Big On-Ice Smarts

By Tim Campbell
Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – With their lineup woes, the Manitoba Moose need all the help they can get.

But is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound right-winger help in the AHL?

“If you see him in his street clothes, you’re going to say, ‘How does he not get killed every time he goes into a corner?’ ” Moose coach Scott Arniel said Monday, asked about 22-year-old Dan Sexton, who has three points in his first three games with the Moose. “But those guys are elusive, know how to stay away from situations to not get run over or have guys tee off on them.

“They use their smarts, quickness and hockey sense to read the ice.”

They might also have a little of the movie character David Dunn (Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis) in them.

“I wish there was some wood around here but I went my full college career without missing a game,” Sexton smiled after his first practice with the Moose, Monday at the MTS Centre. “In junior, there was lots of hitting.

“I’ve been hurt when I was younger, but four years without missing a game, junior or college, I’ve been able to stay away from the big hits and I do take a lot of hits. I feel maybe I know how to take them better that others, maybe. It could happen tomorrow and maybe I’m lucky, fortunate, but maybe I’ve learned how to stay out of those situations.”

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