Bearcat Banter: Positive Steps Forward

A little good news is always welcomed.

Last week, Public Health restrictions in Nova Scotia allowed for gatherings up to 50 in number, without social distancing.

This gives sports teams the opportunity to hold regular practices in full preparation for the games to come.

At the present time, the gathering refers to players, officials, coaches, and any others required to be near the field of play.

This week the MHL is expecting to hear from the health officials, regarding the comprehensive plan to play out the schedule.

The Halifax Mooseheads and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles opened their seasons this weekend. How things went regarding the enhanced protocols was closely watched and most likely will impact decisions about the MHL.

All six NS teams in the Eastlink South Division have worked closely with their respective facility managements. RECC management took in those QMJHL games, to fine-tune their own plans.

This collaborative approach must provide a safe, responsible environment for players, fans, arena staffs, and others, going forward.

The Bearcats are looking forward to taking up residence in their team dressing room this week. The nomadic life will be terminated, in exchange for the comforts at the RECC.

Being able to practice where they play will be a huge plus for this group. Many will get their first experience of the Bearcat way.

This is the closest to normal the players have experienced since way back in March. It’s all good.

The Bearcats exhibition schedule has four games slated: Oct.16 @ Valley, Oct.17 Pictou County at RECC, Oct.20 Valley at RECC, Oct.22 @ Pictou County. All games are at 7:00 pm.

The regular season schedule, set to begin Oct.30, is undergoing tweaking but will be released when finalized.

Here’s more good news. Fans who purchased tickets for the cancelled Bearcat Playoff games can get cash refunds. Use upper entrance of RECC, site of the temporary Welcome desk.