He started ice skating when he was 3 in Strongsville. At the age of 5 he started playing hockey for the Strongsville Youth Hockey Club — and hockey has pretty much been his passion ever since.
During the last five years, Bolton and his teammates have had some great accomplishments and memories. From their first game, first win, tournament medals, tournament championships, to the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League Squirt A-1 division champions last season.
Earlier this season, Bolton and his teammates took things to the next level. They competed in the Silver Sticks regional tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind. in the 10 and Under, B-Division. The winners of each division advanced to Canada to play in the Silver Sticks international tournament against teams from all over North America.
The tournament started Friday morning. Bolton scored the team’s first goal of the tournament about midway through the third period, which ultimately proved to be the game-winning goal as his team won 2-0, capping the scoring with an empty-netter with 10.6 seconds left in the game.
The Mustangs lost Game 2 (2-0) to the Ft. Wayne Force (a 9- and 10 year-old “select” team), then never looked back. They won out the rest of the tournament, avenging the earlier loss to the Force in the semifinal round. In the finals, the Mustangs had to take on a familiar foe in the Winterhurst Warriors (from Lakewood) that they had yet to beat in their previous meetings this season (0-2-1).
Bolton and his teammates pulled out a 5-3 victory to win their division and stamp their ticket to the international tournament in Canada. The Mustangs played five games over 52 hours, finishing 4-1 overall.
They will play in Pelham, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 10-13.