Blues play Pirates tonight in Springhill
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Cumberland County Blues assistant coach, and former player, Jordie Shaw (left), will have his number 18 jersey retired tonight at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill before their game against the Strait Pirates. Matt Noiles (right) had his jersey retired earlier this season
SPRINGHILL – Former Cumberland County Blues player Jordie Shaw will have his jersey retired before tonight’s game against the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates.
Shaw finished his career as a player last year, and was named the 2011-2012 NSJHL’s Most Valuable Player.
Shaw is now an assistant coach with the Blues.
“Jordie is one of the best players ever to don a Blues jersey,” said current Blues president Jim Legere. “And combined with his all-out effort and determination he finished his career as the League's top scorer and MVP.”
Shaw’s first full season as a Blues player was in 2008-2009.
His statistics are as follows:
2008-2009 – Shaw had seven goals and 11 assists during the regular season, and three goals and one assist in the playoffs. The Blues won the NSJHL championship.
2009-2010 – Shaw scored seven goals and 16 assists in the regular season, and six goals and four assists in the playoffs. The Blues were Atlantic champions, winning the Don Johnson Cup.
2010-2011 – Shaw scored 11 goals and had 19 assists in the regular season, and nine goals and four assists in the playoffs.
2011-2012 – Shaw was the Blues captain and scored 40 goals and 31 assists in the regular season, and four goals and one goal in the playoffs. He was named league MVP and top scorer.
BLUES PLAY PIRATES TONIGHT IN SPRINGHILL
The 2-9 Cumberland County Blues take on two of the top teams in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League this weekend.
Tonight they face off at home against the 8-2 Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates, and then on Sunday they travel to Cape Breton to play against the 8-2 Glace Bay Miners.
Last weekend the Blues shot 55 pucks at the net in their 5-4 loss to the Pictou County Scotians, a statistic they hope to build on.
“We have a lot of games left in the schedule and we need to continue with the same effort we displayed last weekend,” said Blues coach Rob McClure. “The team will need to play a full 60 minutes against the Pirates and Miners, and we definitely need a better start to our games.”
The Blues are last in the NSJHL, but McLure said his team is better than their 9-2 record suggests, saying that with a few more breaks they could easily have a few more wins.
“We’ve gotten stronger each game, and the only way for us to climb out of the league basement is by hard work, and maintaining a positive attitude,” said McLure.
Although the Blues are in last place, MClure said they have improved their overall play with each passing week and are determined to make a run at a playoff spot.
Blues goaltender Jessie Cox will be back in the lineup after he suffered a mild concussion in their 6-5 los to the Brookfield Elks on Oct. 19.
Fans attending Friday night’s game against the Pirates will see Amherst’s Jerret Collins in the line up. Collins was recently traded to the Pirates from the Pictou Scotian. Collins played Midget AAA with Pictou, and was a territorial pick by the Blues.
Collins is attending University in Antigonish, and played minor hockey in Cumberland County.
The Blues were previously scheduled to play a pair of games in Glace Bay, but due to development weekend for minor hockey players ice time was unavailable for Sunday’s first game. The game will be made up on Sunday January 27.
Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.