Emo hockey star shining in Lakehead

Luke Judson was 13 years old when he picked up and moved his life from Emo to Thunder Bay to follow his dream, although it’s not like he lived on the street when he got there.
Rather, his parents purchased another house in Thunder Bay and his mom moved there to be with her son.
Judson, now 15, stood out when he was on the local K of C Knights PeeWee ‘AA’ back when he was 13. So much so, in fact, that his parents decided to let him travel to Thunder Bay to try out for the ‘AAA’ Kings.
The only drawback was the coach said they didn’t allow kids his age to play. However, he added he would be happy to watch him skate with the rest of the kids.
Well, Judson’s dream became a reality a year earlier than he had expected when he was named to the Kings’ roster for the 2004/05 season.
“He obviously had the experience to be playing with that age division,” noted Kings assistant coach Jeff Ricciardi. “He’s going to go places with his hockey, but only he can decide where that is.”
Judson has an idea of where he’d like to be after his stint with the Kings is up.
“Next year is [my] draft year [for] the OHL so hopefully I will be drafted,” he remarked. “It wouldn’t make a difference what team I played for—anywhere would be great.”
Judson said the reason he moved to Thunder Bay in the first place was because it had the best hockey program to get you where you want to be. “It’s the best way to excel in the program,” he reasoned.
He certainly excelled quickly, and he was rewarded by being named team captain for the 2005/06 season.
“I like to show a lot of leadership on the team,” said Judson, a comment that not many people would argue with.
“The main thing is that he comes to play,” said Ricciardi. “And whenever he says something, the kids stop and listen. He’s soft-spoken, but the kids listen to him.”
Although Judson has spent almost two years in Thunder Bay, he admitted he starts to miss his family and friends towards the end of the season.
“This year is the toughest year because it’s my first year of high school,” he noted. “I’m going to have to get to know my way around Fort High all over again.”
Judson will return to Fort High to finish off his semester as soon as the hockey season wraps up.
But Judson isn’t the only one who misses home. His parents, Cindy and Morris, were the ones who ultimately had to make the decision to split up the family.
“We wanted to make sure he had the opportunity,” said Cindy Judson. “There was a whole lot of consideration that went into it. We were separating our family and that’s an ongoing challenge.”
Morris admitted the first year his son was in Thunder Bay, it was quite exciting to see him pursuing his hockey dream. However, now with his other son in Ottawa, he said it’s like his family is spread out all across the province.
“I’ve certainly had to re-learn my bachelor skills,” he joked.
Which is something the younger Judson may have to contend with next year if he decides to billet with another family as opposed to having his mother live with him in Thunder Bay.
“It might be a tough transition,” admitted Judson, but he realized it’s what he has to do in order to reach his goal of one day playing professional hockey.
The point is he has his whole family behind him, whether it’s easy for them or not.
“For each of us, it’s an issue of being separated from everything that’s familiar,” Cindy Judson said. “But we all support him.”