Barwick native re-signs with Falcons

Brad Both knows what he wants, but perhaps he didn’t know the route would be “long and winding.”
Still, he’s adapting.
“All I pretty much ever thought of was playing in the NHL. I’m taking the long way round,” he joked.
The 23-year-old member of the Fresno Falcons, home on vacation before training camp, has just re-signed with his team but first is off to Salt Lake City next month for training camp with the Utah Grizzlies of the AHL.
“It’d be a step up,” Both said of the tryouts, which start Sept. 24. Training camp for the Falcons begins Oct. 1.
The 6’2” left-winger—a self-described “grinder, enforcer”—netted nine points while amassing 190 penalty minutes in only 34 games last season with Fresno.
Both will be entering his third season in a Falcons sweater if he’s not called up to the AHL.
Previously, Both played for the Lebret Eagles of the Saskatchewan Junior ‘A’ Hockey League, where he was named most valuable player, hardest worker, and fan favourite in 1999-2000.
He was also named hardest worker in 1998-99 and rookie-of-the-year in 1997-98 for Lebret.
Locally, Both played in Emo, Fort Frances, and ‘AAA’ in Kenora.