As amazing rink athlete, Orne's efforts smooth as iceCredits talented teammate Szumilas for helping him along way
Camden — While helping his team win the state Class B ice hockey championship was the ultimate goal this winter, Camden Hills Regional High School senior Jack Orne would have to settle for bringing Class B West's top individual honor home instead.
Orne, who has been one of the region's most potent scorers the past four seasons, won the Evans Spear Class B West player of the year award for his play on the ice over the winter. Orne earned the distinction at the Western Class B high school boys hockey banquet on Sunday, March 16.
“It was great,” he said. “I think there were plenty of guys who could have deserved it as well. The competition was really even this year and even in terms of individual efforts and points and all that, I was in no means that far above anyone else. It definitely came right down to the last couple games, but obviously I'm thrilled to get it.”
Orne tallied 30 goals this season and 25 assists. Six of his goals were game-winners, while four were on the power play and three shorthanded. He had a plus/minus of plus-54 in 18 games played this year.
The Windjammers were the No. 2 seed in Western Class B and advanced to the regional semifinals. They also clinched the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title for the second straight season.
Orne said while he felt he had a legitimate shot to win the region's highest individual award, “I wanted to try to push it to the back of my mind.”
“During the season you don't want to get caught up in the personal part of it where it's still a team thing,” he said. “If you worry about it you might tend to get selfish and shoot where you should be passing or things like that.”
Orne led the Windjammers in goals, while teammate Grayson Szumilas (26 goals, 27 assists), who earned first-team all-conference honors along with Orne, led the team in assists. The duo proved to be arguably the most potent offensive one-two punch in Class B, combining for 56 goals and 52 assists on the season.
"Jack has played a significant role since the first time he came in as a freshman," said Camden Hills coach Karl Enroth. "Every year he improved significantly. When Jack has time and space, he is extremely explosive. He also has a tremendous shot, great hands, and good awareness. Becoming quicker and stronger the last few years, along with his natural instincts allowed him to become one of the best high school hockey players in the state."
The veteran coach added that both Orne and Szumilas "led the Camden Hills hockey program to a higher level."
"Both contributed in the most meaningful games. Their production and minutes over the last four years are irreplaceable."
Orne, who started skating when he was age “seven or eight,” said Szumilas started playing “a few years ahead of me” when the two were youngsters.
Orne credited Szumilas in helping him become a better player.
“He was already a standout guy [in the youth leagues] and I had just kind of strapped my skates on for the first time,” said Orne of Szumilas. “I remember one of my first years playing I was not the best skater and I was having trouble out there. And we were 2-on-1 or 2-on-0 with the goalie and he could have shot it and scored, but he passed it right across the crease. And I totally whiffed on it.
“And I said, 'Why did you pass that to me?' And he said, 'You were open.' ”
While that was the first, it was certainly not the last time the two would collaborate on a scoring chance.
“We've put a lot of work in over the years so it's good to see it pay off,” he said. “Not just in terms of Camden Hills, but I think we've always spent the whole summers going to camps and stuff like that, play on teams in the fall or the spring. Do everything that we can.”
Both Orne and Szumilas broke 100 career points in the same game this season at MRC against Leavitt of Turner.
“We played our first game against Gardiner and at the end of that game, we were both at 99 points,” he said. “So it was going to be the next game. It was going to be one of us.”
Orne earned the honor first when he assisted on a goal by teammate Simon Lydon, while Szumilas scored minutes later.
Orne credits his cousin, Will Orne, who also played ice hockey for Camden Hills, for turning him on to the sport. He added that the overall speed of the game is what drew him to the ice.
“I'd never done a sport that fast before, and it was exciting,” he said. “I wanted to be able to skate like those guys [in high school]. The high school games were always fun to watch and it was physical and loud and fast. It just looked like a fun thing to be doing.”
Orne plans to do a postgraduate year at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. in the fall before making the jump to college, and hopefully, Division I, II or III hockey.
“Division I is the goal of everyone I'd say, but even Division III Is great hockey,” he said. “And just to keep playing competitively would be awesome.”
Orne also played golf last fall and will play lacrosse this spring for Camden Hills. He has two younger brothers and a younger sister, all of whom play ice hockey.
Name: Jack Orne.
Grade: Senior at Camden Hills Regional High School.
Parents: Matt and Michele Orne.
Favorite athlete: Jarome Iginla.
Favorite personal moment in sports: Scoring my 100th career point in front of everyone at the Midcoast Recreation Center.
Favorite course in school: English and psychology.
TV show I never miss: The Walking Dead.
Favorite phone/computer app: Spotify.
What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: Anything rock.
Favorite movie: “The Doors.”
Food I pig out on: Whatever Ben & Jerry's flavor is in the freezer.
Favorite book: “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.
Hobbies: Playing guitar, being outside and spending time with friends.
Vehicle I wish I was driving: 2001 BMW MS.
Person I most want to meet (dead or alive): Jerry Garcia.
Most influential people in my life: My parents.
Future plans: Hopefully college hockey, but who knows.