Think Hockey

August 17, 2017
By Gerry Hale

The only downside of a championship year is the short off-season which follows.

Thereís plenty to get done with a shorter time to do it. It is, however, a situation the Truro Bearcats donít mind facing.

Since hoisting the cup in Miramichi last Spring management participated in the MHL Annual Meetings and the June Draft.

Providing exposure of its players is an important MHL objective, and in many ways, a responsibility. The MHL Showcase is an example of that.

Summerside will host the two day event (October 10, 11). All teams play a pair of games, both counting in Standings.

The purpose is to draw attention to MHL players from the university, college and pro ranks. Itís a venture worth taking.

Again this year, the MHL will participate in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge in Ontario (November 13-15). This is added exposure for selected players and coaches with the possibility of being noticed as a candidate for Team East in the World Junior ďAĒ Challenge, this year set for Truro (December 10-16).

Last year, all players 16, 17 and 18 years of age, and new to the League, were required to pay a Registration Fee (1,000.00) to the MHL. This year, all players in those age groups will pay the Fee, and next year, the 19 year-olds will be added.

All but two Leagues comprising the CJHL are involved in the pay-to-play concept. The MHL uses the funding, in part, to support the Showcase and Eastern Canada Cup.

The Bearcats came out of the draft with seven selections, in addition to the two Territorial picks chosen earlier. Building a core through the draft has proven rewarding.

The 2017 Training Camp opens Sunday, August 27. Awaiting that and seeking acquisitions have the coach busy.

Billet families are always needed. If interested in becoming a Bearcat Billet, please contact Billet Coordinator Sheila Henderson (902-890-8756).

Bearcat fans can pick up the Season Passes at the Bearcat Office (640 Prince Street, Suite 303). Prices remain the same (Adult $220.00, Senior/Student $180.00).

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