Phantoms get new name, home rink, coaching staff
TRURO - A season of change is on the horizon for the Fundy Phantoms junior C hockey team.
The club enters the 2013-14 Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League season with a new name, new home and new additions to the coaching staff.
Team owner Richard Morris has moved the club to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, while local businessman Myron Upham of M.U. Rhino Renovations is the club's major corporate sponsor. As a result, the team name has been changed to the M.U. Rhino Renovations Rhinos.
New to the bench this year will be the staff from the highly successful Truro Midget AAA Bearcats.
Head coach Phil Lynds brings with him assistant coaches Brad Higgins and John Currie, as well as head trainer Ed Hencher.
The group compiled a successful track record in midget AAA ranks with three provincial titles and three bronze medals in four trips to Atlantics during the past six years.
Also joining the Rhino ranks this year is Dave Jennings, former general manager of the Shannon Huskies. He will take on duties as assistant GM. Returning from last year's staff and bringing a renewed enthusiasm will be assistant coach Navarro Mentis, trainer Ben Bruhm and general manager Jeannie Morris.
The Rhinos begin tryouts on Friday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the RECC. Players are asked to arrive early as registration and weigh-ins take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Other tryout sessions are: Saturday, Sept. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. also at the RECC.
The tryout fee is $50 and is payable at the first session. Any players wishing to try out for the Rhinos who were carded with a different team last year must have a signed release from their former team prior to participation in tryouts, or have their former GM or coach email confirmation of release to Jeannie Morris prior to training camp.