The cheering may have tuned down to a dull roar, but the excitement of Truro Bearcats claiming the Maritime Junior Hockey League Kent Cup final series for the second year in a row will carry on for weeks to come.
And more excitement is on the way.
The Hubtown squad led a thrilling season.
In the postseason they swept both the Valley Wildcats and Pictou County Crushers.
The last time that happened was in 2006 ‚Äď 07, which also happens to be the last time the Bearcats won the league title in six games over the Summerside Western Capitals.
Interestingly, that victory sent the local team to the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship in Saint Jerome, Que, where this year‚Äôs event will also be held.
Some may say last year‚Äôs battle for the Fred Page title on home ice, gave the home team an advantage.
Looking at this year‚Äôs record, particularly the score (5-2) achieved during Game 6 against the Dieppe Commandos at the enemy‚Äôs rink, along with the action during the entire season, the Bearcats are well poised to reclaim their title on Quebec ice.
Another accolade for the team is Truro Bearcats defenceman Daniel Poliziani was named the Maritime Junior Hockey League playoff MVP.
On Saturday more than 200 fans mingled with the team during a special send-off event held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
The Bearcats held practice prior to the event and later returned to the ice to sign autographs, pose for pictures and skate with the kids, some of which could be future Bearcats.
Along with being a time to wish the defending champions well on their next leg of competition, this event is inspiring for youth seeing an example of how hard work, dedication and passion can lead to achieving goals, on and off the ice.
The team will leave today for Saint-Jerome to participate in the four-team tournament.
We congratulate the them on all their past achievements and will be cheering from the sidelines on their journey to the cup.