TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League have trimmed their training camp roster to 28.
Shawn Evans, head coach and general manager of the team, made his first round of cuts on Thursday.
The Bearcats will continue camp with 14 forwards, 10 defencemen and four goalies.
“The toughest choices are gonna be on defence,” said Evans.
The Bearcats learned on Friday defenceman Zac Welsh – their final pick in the June draft – was cut by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec major junior league.
Welsh, who played major midget hockey for the Halifax Macs, will report to Truro on Sept. 3. The six-foot-one, 183-pound blueliner is expected to step right into the Bearcats' lineup. The Screaming Eagles made him a second-round pick, 33rd overall, at the Q-league draft in June.
The Bearcats will play their first game of the pre-season on Saturday, Aug. 31, when they host the South Shore Luumberjacks at the RECC at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Truro travels to Valley for a 2 p.m. start against the Wildcats.