Zimmer began his time as a Terrier with a bang. On October 23, he was named the Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week as he put up six points (5 goals) in his first three games as a Terrier.
“So far so good,” said Zimmer. “It's a great team that I was acquired by. I was just in the right place at the right time, and I'm just trying to capitalize anytime I can. At the end of the day, though, it's just about winning games as a team."
Before his time with the Portage Terriers, Zimmer began his season this year with the Melville Millionaires, and before that, he played for the Flin Flon Bombers, where the team made it to the Canalta Cup (SJHL Final) in his two years there but were defeated on both occasions.
“Obviously I have a lot of drive to win a Championship,” said Zimmer. “Both of those seasons in Flin Flon ended with empty feelings, just seeing the other team hoist the trophy, knowing there was nothing that can be done because it was over. I know what it takes to win getting that far, and, I’ll do anything I have to, to help this team win.”
The Terriers this season have had their fair share of ups and downs, but Zimmer knows getting an opportunity to play for a team like the Terriers in his 20-year-old season is special.
“It means a lot,” said Zimmer. “When I was traded here, I was super excited for the opportunity. I mean when you look at what they’ve done, winning three Championships in a row, how could you not be excited to play for an organization like this. I’ve been playing Jr.Hockey since I was 16, it’s crazy how quick it goes by, but it’s been fun and not a lot of people get the chance to do it, so I’m pretty grateful for it all.”
Coming into November, Zimmer and the rest of the Terriers have lost three straight games, including two-straight against the OCN Blizzard this past weekend.
“We just need to turn this little losing skid around,” said Zimmer. “We need to start creating some better scoring chances, and find a way to hop up a couple spots in the standings.”
Currently, the Terriers are 9-6-1 for 19 points which puts them in the fifth spot, but just seven points separate the Dogs and Steinbach, Winkler and OCN.
The team remains at home for three straight to kick off November, but by no means will it be easy as they take on the Selkirk Steelers who are the hottest team in the league, the Winnipeg Blues who are playing a lot better, and the OCN Blizzard who are in a tie for first.
You can see Zimmer and the rest of the Terriers when they visit Credit Union Place on November 17.