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Bearcats select Greatorex, Archibald as territorial picks

Sam Archibald, left, and Tanner Greatorex have been named territorial picks for the Truro Bearcats junior hockey team. INSTAGRAM – WEEKS MAJOR MIDGETS
Sam Archibald, left, and Tanner Greatorex have been named territorial picks for the Truro Bearcats junior hockey team. INSTAGRAM – WEEKS MAJOR MIDGETS - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats have added Weeks Major Midgets teammates Tanner Greatorex and Sam Archibald to their roster.

The Bearcats made the duo territorial selections ahead of this weekend’s Maritime Junior Hockey League draft in Edmundston.

Greatorex, a defenceman from Truro, and Archibald, a forward from Debert, were also teammates at the Canada Winter Games last February in Red Deer, Alta., as members of Team Nova Scotia.

“We’re glad to have them both; both are good up-and-coming players,” said Bearcats coach and general manager Shawn Evans. “Both had good seasons and got lots of experience, and lots of ice-time over in Pictou with Weeks.”

Greatorex and Archibald were both selected in the Quebec major junior league draft last Saturday. Greatorex was taken by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 12th round, while Archibald was selected in the 13th round by the Charlottetown Islanders.

Evans said there is a wealth of young hockey talent in Colchester County and making his territorial selections wasn’t easy.

“There are a number of good local players here, but we could only take two, and we’re pleased with the two we selected.”

The Bearcats have the sixth overall pick at this weekend’s draft, and have six selections overall.

“If we could add a couple (picks) by draft day that would be great, but we’ll have to see,” said Evans.

Evans wouldn’t tip his hand on who the Bearcats are targeting at the draft, saying it’s his team’s plan to make picks that will improve the club in all areas of the ice.

“We can build the depth at all those positions – goalie, forward and D,” he said. “We’re just putting our finishing touches on what we’d like to do now that the Q draft is over, and once you see that, you’re picture becomes a little bit clearer with kids you like for our level.”

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