Moore becomes first Bearcats captain from Colchester
Lower Onslow resident Travis Moore has been named captain of the Truro Bearcats, making him the first player from Colchester County to hold the honour. JOEY SMITH – TRURO DAILY NEWS
TRURO - In hindsight, Travis Moore has been captain of the Truro Bearcats for months.
So it was only natural head coach Shawn Evans made it official recently and pinned the 'C' on Moore's chest, making him the team's first captain to hail from Colchester County.
"I'm pretty excited," the 20-year-old Lower Onslow resident said. "It's definitely a big honour for me being a local guy, it's pretty special."
Normally, just getting the nod is significant enough. But this season is arguably the team's biggest since it returned to the Maritime Junior Hockey League in 1997-98 with the opening of the civic centre and the Fred Page Cup on the horizon. Moore, the team's first-ever fifth-year player, will be the face of the Bearcats through it all.
"It means a lot to me," the six-foot-one, 193-pound forward said. "It makes me feel great to know coach (Evans) has that trust in me and thinks I have the qualities to be captain in the biggest season for the team."
If he's feeling any pressure with the honour, Moore certainly isn't showing it as he sits tied for the team scoring lead with five points (3G, 2A) in four games to help the Bearcats to a 4-0-0-0 start on the road. Truro hosts the Campbellton Tigers Saturday at 7 p.m. in its home opener.
"I wanted him to get off to a good start and he's certainly done that," Evans said.
Moore has technically been filling the role since the summer as Evans leaned on his experience, having Moore talk to players Evans was trying to bring to the Hubtown as the Bearcats load up for a title run.
"I had him talk to guys like (Shayne) Campbell and (Jordan) Coccimigilio about the team and the community and he's done all the requirements since the first day of training camp," Evans said.
The coach said Moore is more than deserving of the honour.
"No. 1 he has experience and No. 2 he understands me very well and that makes a difference," Evans said. "He's really been showing leadership and helping the younger and new players."
That's exactly what he plans to keep doing this season as he hopes to guide the team to a Fred Page Cup title on home ice through a combination of being vocal and leading by example.
"I'm a vocal guy but at the same time I can go on the ice and do it and show the guys what I'm trying to get across."
But Moore stressed he can't, and won't, be doing it alone.
"There's 20 other guys in the dressing room who are leaders in their own way," he said. "And they're going to lead the ship as well."
NOTE: The Truro Bearcats' perfect start over four games has landed them a top-20 spot in the national junior A rankings.
The Bearcats were ranked No. 16 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's first list of the season, behind the Manitoba league's Winnipeg Blues.
The Yarmouth Mariners (5-0-0-0) are third behind Alberta's Brooks Bandits. Topping the rankings are the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia circuit
"It's nice to be recognized," Evans said. "It doesn't promise us a rose garden, but it's nice people recognize when you get out of the gate quickly."