Rambler alumni association celebrating 40 years

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AMHERST - From humble beginnings 40 years ago, the Amherst Ramblers have become one of the most storied franchises in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, and a group of team supporters are coming together to mark the occasion with a special celebration on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Rambler alumni association celebrating 40 years

AMHERST - From humble beginnings 40 years ago, the Amherst Ramblers have become one of the most storied franchises in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, and a group of team supporters are coming together to mark the occasion with a special celebration on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Members of the newly-formed Amherst Ramblers Alumni Scholarship Society inviting members of the first two Amherst Junior Ramblers teams to participate in a pre-game ceremony at the Ramblers game against the Weeks Crushers

As a society we were looking for ways to get the word out about our new organization and we came up with the idea of bringing back members of those teams so they can be recognized at centre ice, society member Terry Mouser McManaman said. This event will help celebrate 40 years of junior hockey and help support this years team.

Invitations have been sent out to members of the 1967-68 and 1968-69 teams and those who have yet to be contacted are asked to call McManaman at 667-1251 or Kim Wry at 667-2823.

Looking back over the 40 years of junior hockey in Amherst there have been more than a thousand players, coaches, training staff, general managers, executives, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, said Wry, whose father, Moe Bent, first had the dream of forming a junior hockey team in Amherst.

The alumni society was created recently as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bursaries to Amherst and area athletes going to college or university.

Members of those first two teams will be introduced prior to the Ramblers game and the clubs first captain, Terry White, will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Following the game, former players, team officials, sponsors and fans are being invited to a reception at the Wandlyn Inn while there will also be a pre-game reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue Room at the stadium.

In their first season, the Ramblers finished in the basement of the league. They defeated the Shediac Gulls in the first round of the playoffs before forcing the pennant-winning Memramcook Braves to a seventh game in the league final.

The championship was awarded to the Ramblers after Memramcook refused to play the deciding game. The Ramblers then defeated the Hillsboro Beavers in the opening round of the Maritime Junior B championships before losing to the Moncton Seals in the next round.

White was named the most valuable player of that first Rambler squad while Ed Chitty, now a Amherst town councillor, was named most improved player.

Bill Riley was also a member of that first team, going on to play professional hockey in the AHL and NHL and leading the club to their only Maritime title in 1989 as coach.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, Amherst Ramblers Alumni Scholarship Society, Wandlyn Inn Maritime Junior B NHL

Geographic location: AMHERST

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