WORTHINGTON -- As the story goes, a long, long time ago, Konner Honius didn’t like hockey. But once he got introduced to it, he was hooked.
“It is a family tradition with the Honiuses. I have two older brothers, they played hockey. I grew up watching them every weekend, all the time. So I’ve been around hockey my whole life. I probably started in the first grade, so I’ve been playing for over 10 years. I love it,” he said.
Konner was talking out of the other side of his mouth prior to his on-ice introduction.
“Actually, starting out, all my brothers always asked me if I’m going to play hockey, all those friends, and I always said, ‘No, I’m not gonna. I don’t want to play that.’ And then, once I tried it out I went to open skate, I went and tried hockey and it was so much fun. It’s my favorite sport of all time.”
Honius, a junior forward on the Worthington High School boys hockey team, is one of the Trojans’ best players. He’s a little undersized, though. The official WHS hockey program doesn’t list his size and weight, but it’s somewhere around the 5-9, 155-pound range.
Because he’s not blessed with size, he uses his skating skills and his natural aggressiveness to score goals. He moves around with ease on the ice, and his stick-handling skills are better than most.
“For me, my recipe for scoring goals is, I just go out there and work as hard as I can,” he explained. “Growing up, I’m smaller. Growing up, I really learned that I have to skate hard and as fast as I can to score those goals and make those passes. I’m not afraid of those big guys. They can hit me all they want. I just get back up.”
This week’s Globe Drill subject, Honius is a bright spot on a Trojan team that has found victories hard to come by in 2021. Four of their losses have been by a mere point, however, and Honius insists that the team is improving.
You can watch the Globe video of the plucky WHS junior online at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: Who is your inspiration in sports?
ANSWER: “My inspiration in sports is probably Alexander Ovetchkin, number 8 on the Washington Capitals. I’ve looked up to him for a long time, watching his videos, watching how he plays, seeing how tough he is. I even took his number, number 8. That’s why I’m number 8 this year.”
QUESTION: Have you got a good story to tell about your hockey exploits from the past -- something that you’ll always remember?
ANSWER: “Something that I’ll always remember growing up, is how much of a family hockey really is. Going to our tournaments, playing all those games, being with each other 24-7 on the weekends. Really making good friends. I’m still buddies with all of those people, to this day.”
QUESTION: Tell us something unique and interesting about you.
ANSWER: “I’m really, like, into shoes and clothes and stuff. I really like the shoes that I wear. I invest a lot into that. That’s one of my hobbies, looking at shoes, buying shoes, all that. I probably have 10 pairs of shoes. A couple of them are over, like, $300, I’d say. Tennis shoes. Got some slippers, I guess. You wear them every day, it makes a statement.”