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.

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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.”