Player of the Week: Garret Clemment
Last week's Wisconsin Prep Hockey Player of the Week, goaltender Alex Witz of Madison Edgewood didn't start playing hockey until he was in sixth grade. One the flip side of the coin is Garret Clemment of Wausau West, who started skating when he was three.
Clemment had a great week this week and is the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Player of the Week for November 28 to December 4.
Clemment kicked off the Wausau West season with a two goal, two assist performance against Chippewa Falls in a 10-4 West victory. Clemment followed it up with a 2 goal, 1 assist performance in a West 8-3 win against honorable mention team Catholic Memorial/Pius XI. Clemment capped off the week with a hat trick and an assist in an 8-3 West win over #8 University School of Milwaukee.
Clemment, who was drafted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, is making the most of his senior season at Wausau West. Clemment had a strong fall campaign with the Team Wisconsin U18 team in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League with 5 goals and 5 assists in 21 regular season games.
“Playing for [Team Wisconsin] helped Garret play at a higher pace more consistently,” said Wausau West coach Pete Susens. “He is a great skater with great hands and now has developed a level of confidence that compliments those skills.”
When asked what sets a player like Clemment apart from your average high school hockey player, Susens said, “his skating ability, if he's not the best, he's one of the best I've ever had. He is fast, agile and has great balance.”
Clemment started skating at three, and joined the mini-mites at five. He plays hockey nearly year-round, but is also a referee for both youth hockey and soccer, and has been known to hit the golf course from time to time.
Like most seniors under coach Susens, Clemment is a great student. He'll be joining the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL after his high school careers is finished, and I'm sure we'll see him long into the future.