Bearcat Banter: The Wait Is Over

Hurricanes and hockey aren’t a good mix.  It seldom ends well.

     The MHL did get the season underway on Thursday, followed by three games on Friday; however, when the winds came up the cancellations shut down the remainder of scheduled games, including the Bearcat home-opener.

     The Bearcats face the Valley Wildcats, Wednesday, 7:00 pm at the RECC.  The Wildcats have a game under their belts and will be ready to make things difficult for the Bearcats in their initial game.

     Sunday, the Bearcats hit the road to face Amherst.  Game time is set for 2:00 pm.

     The Ramblers are coming off a tough season where they failed to make the playoffs.  That is a situation the franchise does not want repeated.

     A quick look at their roster indicates quite a changeover.  Offensively, eight rookies are listed; however, in the Bearcat-Rambler exhibition game they showed they’re ready for the jump to MHL play.

     The biggest change for the club was the appointment of Phil Fife as Head Coach and General Manager.

     He’s a four-year veteran of MHL, with two years spent with Woodstock and another two with the Bearcats, winning a MHL Championship with each franchise.

91 Alexandre Nadeau
Victoriaville, QC
6’2”, 190 lbs
20, Forward

     He spent the last three seasons as Assistant coach with the Estevan Bruins (SJHL).  That team won the League Championship in 2022.

     As the Ramblers are off to a fresh start, so too, are the Bearcats.  From the corner, it’s good to see former MHL players taking a leadership role in the MHL, especially ex-Bearcats.

     Both teams are looking forward to Divisional play.  It goes without saying  that the addition of the Summerside Capitals to the Eastlink South will up the competitive nature of the Division.

     Last week, the Bearcats added 18-year-old, Julien Roy.  The 2022 Quebec Rempart pick played last season with Magog U18 and the Mount Academy U18 Saints.

     Hats off to Alexandre Nadeau for being named Bearcat Captain.  Joining him in the Bearcat Leadership group are Sam Archibald and James Beaton.