Blues stand pat at the deadline

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SPRINGHILL All the players have been assigned their seats and the Cool Blues hockey express is now speeding in forward motion on the bumpy road towards a Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship.

SPRINGHILL All the players have been assigned their seats and the Cool Blues hockey express is now speeding in forward motion on the bumpy road towards a Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship.

With the trade deadline looming at midnight last night, it appeared that Blues Coach Ron Reynolds team is now cast in stone.

Even without picking up a player, well still have a championship calibre team, said Reynolds hours before the deadline.

Reynolds recently stated that he was looking at the possibility of adding another forward to the mix.

If a player comes along, fine, if they dont I think were more than capable of winning with what weve got, said Reynolds.

The Cool Blues first test since the trade deadline comes tonight against the Brookfield Elks.

Brookfield has a tremendous work ethic, said Reynolds. They always come to play and they will be coming to Springhill with the intention of getting two points.

Though Brookfield is low in the league standings, Reynolds said, theyre battling for that last playoff spot and they always play well in Springhill, so it wont be an easy two points.

Landon Crowe will be playing in net for the Blues.

Landons been playing well, Reynolds said. Hell play for the next few games.

Matt Kimber is nursing an injury sustained when the Blues played against the Pictou County Scotians on Monday.

When asked about the latest additions to his defensive corps Reynolds said, Theyre fitting in very well. Our defence is very solid now with Murray (Bavis) and Matt (Carroll). Along with Lavigne, Cortes, Noiles, Landry and Kelly, were very happy with our defence. These are defencemen that most teams would like to have on their roster.

Reynolds said getting a top-notch team together isnt something that happens overnight.

Its taken three or four years now to get to where were at and hopefully we can stay around the top of the pack the next few years, added Reynolds. We have a lot of pieces in place and it should stay that way for years to come, thats for sure.

For Reynolds the bottom line is, What team wants to win it the most. You can have all the stars in the world, But if they dont step it up and have the drive to win, you wont be successful. Whoever gets the most out of the players they have are the ones who are successful, he added.



dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Pictou County Scotians

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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