Well, the real shooting begins this week.
The exhibition games served a good purpose, giving all a chance to show their goods, get ready for regular play and for some, a few final opportunities to show they belong.
The Bearcat roster contains eleven players who have arrived via the draft route. That’s an impressive number.
The Bearcat organization has taken the draft seriously. It provides a steady stream of young, developing talent while keeping that talent in the Maritimes.
The roster also contains a couple of walk-ons. These players arrive with little fanfare, but often with a whole lot of desire.
Among the graduating Bearcats last year was a walk-on who earned a spot, then went on to be a leader in several departments for three years.
Caleb Hart can serve as a great example that hard work and determination are true team assets. This year he’s suiting up with the Dalhousie Tigers.
The returnees and experienced acquisitions are expected to be the leaders. There should be no free rides, and they should expect to be pushed.
This edition of the Bearcats has seven local players on the roster. That’s a positive in so many ways, and the organization is proud to point this out.
The Maritime Junior Hockey League opens season 55 on Thursday with games slated for Miramichi and Pictou County.
The Truro Bearcats start their 52-game schedule on Friday when they host the Pictou County Crushers – Game time 7 p.m.
Imagine, a Bearcat – Crusher game for a Home Opener. What a great way to start the season off with a bang.
This is a rivalry that goes back to the early stages of the last century, regardless of the sport. Players learn that history quickly.
Be sure to get yours and meet the 2021-2022 Truro Junior Bearcats.