Bearcat Banter: They’re On The Ice

The Truro Junior Bearcats Training Camp is well underway.

Since the Fitness Testing on Sunday, the camp schedule has the participants on the ice daily through to Friday’s 1:00 session, then the play starts .

As expected, the five twenty year-old returnees play a key role on how things unfold. They want to show leadership.

It’s important to get things moving in the Bearcat way and to provide a welcoming environment for all others seeking a roster spot, while competing for a spot of their own.

Frederic Plourde returns for his third Bearcat season. The goalie has provided stellar back-up support to date and looks to be the go-to guy.

Jacob Christie (third year) and Josh Steele (second year) are two of five returnees to the defensive zone.

Tanner Humber-Dredge (third year) and Ben Diamond (second year) are two of six returning forwards.

This group of five have been passed the torch as they enter their last year of junior eligibility. They want to go further than last season. Three off-season acquisitions bring the number of twenty year-olds up to eight, the allowable number in the MHL.

Brendan Bays, an Ottawa native, spent the last two seasons with the Quebec Remparts. His rights were acquired from Summerside as completion of a previous deal.

Joining Bays in the defensive zone is Cochrane, ON, native Ryan Maynard who spent the last two seasons with the Charlottetown Islanders. He was acquired from the South Shore who had picked him up in the QMJHL Supplementary Draft.

Up front, the Bearcats added Landon Miron, a Dartmouth native who spent the last three years split between the Halifax Mooseheads and Val-d’or Foreurs. His rights were acquired from Campbellton.

Entering camp with a full slate of veterans is a strong indication the expectations for the season are high.

The Bearcats hit the exhibition trail this weekend with back-to-back games against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Bearcats play at the RECC Saturday (7:00) and in Bridgewater, Sunday (7:30).

Season Passes can be obtained at the RECC or Online. Check out the Family pack and the Ten-Game Pack.

Game Day ticket costs: Adult 12:00, Student/Senior $10.00, 12 and Under $6.00. Exhibition game costs are half price.