This is a big week for MHL Hockey.
This week MHL Governors have a number of decisions to make the biggest is on a schedule going forward.
A positive schedule decision will enable all teams to clearly articulate all information on the sale of season and game tickets. It will also be the opportunity for the RECC to clearly state the protocols in effect for Bearcat games at the facility. Much will be provincially regulated and must be adhered to by all, to keep the sticks on the ice and fans in the seats.
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Last week, the Banter took a look at the goaltending and defensive corps in place to start the season.
Offensively, four returnees are on the roster. Included in that group are Caleb Hart (20) and Cole Julian (19), a pair of third-year Bearcats known for the full 200-foot game.
Eighteen-year-olds Ben Fraser and Lucas Parsons are prepping for their sophomore season, looking for increased responsibility.
Bryan Laureigh (20), a New Jersey native, is still unable to come north due to border restrictions. His arrival would be a big plus.
Gavin Hart (19) spent last year with the Mooseheads following a productive two years in Truro. He will be a go-to guy.
Team newcomers with major junior and/or junior experience make the Bearcats a competitive team from the get-go. Included are Holden Kodak (Cloverdale, BC), Tristen Therrien (Prevost, QC), Carson Gallant (Sackville, NS), Ben Sheffar (Lower Sackville), and Brandon Cianflone (Lorraine, QC). All are 19 year-olds.
Rookies looking to earn their junior stripes are Sam Archibald (17, Debert) and Trey Sturge (17, Sydney). They’ve fit in quickly.
This is a young Bearcat team with a good mix of skill, size and experience, and deep enthusiasm.