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Ode to Newfoundland


CAMPBELLTON – Shawn Evans’ appreciation of Newfoundland talent has never been a secret, but it was never more on display than Saturday afternoon.

The Truro Bearcats added four players from the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League through the draft. Before the first round began, the Bearcats dealt the rights to Jacob Smith to the Woodstock Slammers for Liam Hynes, another native of the Rock, who was originally a Truro pick.

With their first selection in the annual entry draft, fifth overall, the Bearcats selected defenceman Scottie Greene from the Central IcePak.

“It’s an honour,” Greene said of the selection. “It feels really good to be selected to such a great organization.”

The selection comes a week after Greene was snubbed by all teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. After being slated for a mid-round selection by Central Scouting, Greene went through the draft untouched. He was instead offered a tryout for the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

“That was disappointing, I’m not going to lie,” Greene said, before adding it was a needed confidence booster to be selected so high in the Maritime Junior Hockey League draft.

Greene is a native of Bishop’s Falls – a small town of 3,000 people. His local town councillor, Rob Canning, also happens to be his midget coach.

“Scottie is a great kid,” Canning told the Truro Daily News. “I don’t see them going wrong with that pick at all. He’s just a really great fella.”

According to Canning, Greene is a big, strong skater who moves the puck well and shoots like a cannon.

It wasn’t always peachy keen for Greene, however. The six-foot-three, 193-pounder came into midget hockey last season as a struggling forward.

“It was tough for me in my first year,” Greene said. “I wasn’t getting a lot of time. I was on the fourth line and I wasn’t really doing very well.”

Canning saw something in the young skater, however, and suggested he make the switch to the blue line for his 16-year-old season. It was an adjustment at first, both Canning and Greene said, but it paid off.

He went from being a fourth-line fill-in to a finalist for NLMMHL Defenceman of the Year, finishing with 11 goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

“I really have to give a lot of thanks to Rob and Mike (Bennett), my coaches from last year,” Greene said. “They really spent a lot of time on my defence during and after practice. It wasn’t easy at first but they worked with me until I got it.”

Greene’s selection was followed by second round choice Jalen Gillard and fourth rounder Jamie Penney, both from the NLMMHL’s Western Kings. Gillard is a point-per-game forward who stands 6’0 and 192 lb. Penney, meanwhile, beat out Greene for top defenceman in the league. He matched Greene’s 23 points and posted 15 more in 12 playoff games.

Other notable selections for Truro included third round pick Derek Gentile and seventh rounder Matt Green. Gentile, of Sydney, is just 16 years of age and led the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League in scoring two seasons ago. The five-foot-seven forward led Rothesay Netherwood in scoring last season with 34 goals, 26 assists in 41 games. Green, meanwhile, spent last season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. The Hammonds Plains native was a second round pick of the Sea Dogs who struggled last season with five points in 44 games.

Liam Hynes, acquired prior to the first round, was originally drafted by the Bearcats in 2013. He spent the following season between the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL. At last summer’s draft, Hynes was dealt to Woodstock for Jake Primeau and a third rounder. The 19-year-old posted 41 points in 43 games.

The Truro Bearcats added four players from the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League through the draft. Before the first round began, the Bearcats dealt the rights to Jacob Smith to the Woodstock Slammers for Liam Hynes, another native of the Rock, who was originally a Truro pick.

With their first selection in the annual entry draft, fifth overall, the Bearcats selected defenceman Scottie Greene from the Central IcePak.

“It’s an honour,” Greene said of the selection. “It feels really good to be selected to such a great organization.”

The selection comes a week after Greene was snubbed by all teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft. After being slated for a mid-round selection by Central Scouting, Greene went through the draft untouched. He was instead offered a tryout for the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

“That was disappointing, I’m not going to lie,” Greene said, before adding it was a needed confidence booster to be selected so high in the Maritime Junior Hockey League draft.

Greene is a native of Bishop’s Falls – a small town of 3,000 people. His local town councillor, Rob Canning, also happens to be his midget coach.

“Scottie is a great kid,” Canning told the Truro Daily News. “I don’t see them going wrong with that pick at all. He’s just a really great fella.”

According to Canning, Greene is a big, strong skater who moves the puck well and shoots like a cannon.

It wasn’t always peachy keen for Greene, however. The six-foot-three, 193-pounder came into midget hockey last season as a struggling forward.

“It was tough for me in my first year,” Greene said. “I wasn’t getting a lot of time. I was on the fourth line and I wasn’t really doing very well.”

Canning saw something in the young skater, however, and suggested he make the switch to the blue line for his 16-year-old season. It was an adjustment at first, both Canning and Greene said, but it paid off.

He went from being a fourth-line fill-in to a finalist for NLMMHL Defenceman of the Year, finishing with 11 goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

“I really have to give a lot of thanks to Rob and Mike (Bennett), my coaches from last year,” Greene said. “They really spent a lot of time on my defence during and after practice. It wasn’t easy at first but they worked with me until I got it.”

Greene’s selection was followed by second round choice Jalen Gillard and fourth rounder Jamie Penney, both from the NLMMHL’s Western Kings. Gillard is a point-per-game forward who stands 6’0 and 192 lb. Penney, meanwhile, beat out Greene for top defenceman in the league. He matched Greene’s 23 points and posted 15 more in 12 playoff games.

Other notable selections for Truro included third round pick Derek Gentile and seventh rounder Matt Green. Gentile, of Sydney, is just 16 years of age and led the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League in scoring two seasons ago. The five-foot-seven forward led Rothesay Netherwood in scoring last season with 34 goals, 26 assists in 41 games. Green, meanwhile, spent last season with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. The Hammonds Plains native was a second round pick of the Sea Dogs who struggled last season with five points in 44 games.

Liam Hynes, acquired prior to the first round, was originally drafted by the Bearcats in 2013. He spent the following season between the Moncton Wildcats and Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL. At last summer’s draft, Hynes was dealt to Woodstock for Jake Primeau and a third rounder. The 19-year-old posted 41 points in 43 games.

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