Hubtown squad set to kick off new season on the road
TRURO - It's a good thing the Truro Bearcats are coming off their shortest offseason ever, because Cal Gloade can't wait to get this season started.
Cal Gloade and the Truro Bearcats are excited to start the new season.
The 20-year-old Millbrook resident gets his chance tonight as his defending Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junior A champion Bearcats travel to Campbellton to meet the Tigers to kick off the Maritime Junior Hockey League campaign. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
"It's been a short offseason and it's fun to be back," Gloade, a six-foot-two, 192-pound defenceman, said. "There's a lot of new guys and a lot of returning guys so it should be exciting."
The road trip continues Saturday as the Bearcats stop in Miramichi for a date with the Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m.
Bearcats head coach and general manager Shawn Evans can't wait to see his team, which won all three of it's preseason contests, in action when it counts in the regular season.
"We've been going at it for three weeks and I'm really pleased to this point with our training camp and now it's time to go play."
Naturally the Bearcats, with a roster featuring 11 new names, want to get the season started with a pair of wins. But it's not going to be easy. Both the Tigers and Timberwolves have improved on paper over the summer and aren't interested in having anyone spoil their home openers.
"The goal is always to win but nothing is decided in September," Evans said.
The Bearcats celebrate their own home opener Sept. 21 when they host the Amherst Ramblers at RECC.
The Bearcats, however, also feel they've assembled a good club which is strong in all areas of the ice.
"The team looks good but there are a lot of good teams," Gloade said. "So we'll have to see."
"We like to think we're solid everywhere but you don't get anything for what you think, you've got to play on the ice and we're looking forward to it."
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2013-14 TRURO BEARCATS
3 Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud
4 Alex Anthony
6 David Mosher
8 Jordan Wentzell
9 Brandon Bazinet
10 Brandon Pye
11 Jeff Hanes
15 Matt Riley
16 Cal Gloade
19 Tyler Morrison
22 Kyle Tibbo
23 Cole Hawes
25 Daniel Perigo
27 Phil Fife
77 Jordan McNaughton
79 Daniel Poliziani
81 Colby Lanceleve
89 Mitchell Robillard
96 Denver Lynds
35 Jacob Fancy
40 Jordan Kennedy
Head Coach/General Manager - Shawn Evans
Assiatant Coach - Troy Fougere
Assistant Coach - Jamie Barbour
Goaltending Coach - Mike Lumsden
Athletic Therapist - Steve Lindsay
Assistant Athletic Therapist - Will Cole
Equipment Manager - Chip Wright