SPRINGHILL – Nicholas Doucette will don a Cumberland Blues jersey for the first time tonight at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
The defenceman was obtained in a trade with the East Hants Penguins, a team that won the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship last season, and went on to represent Nova Scotia at the Don Johnson Cup.
“The Blues are looking for leadership from Doucette as the Blues enter the second half of the season four points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs in the race for the final playoff spot,” said Blues general manager, Terry McManaman “Doucette will add offence, and leadership to our lineup…he knows what it takes to win a championship.”
McManaman said Friday night will be entertaining game, “as both teams know what is at stake this weekend during the home and home series.”
The Blues travel to Antigonish on Sunday for the second half of the home-and-home stand.
Friday night the Blues will not have the service of Aaron Crocker, shoulder injury, while Forest Gallagher is doubtful as he is still nursing a wrist injury.
John Drolet will not dress as he continues to fight a leg injury, and captain Tyler Gould is day by day with a shoulder injury.
McManaman says defenceman Kevin Isherwood will miss Friday’s contest but will be in the lineup Sunday night in Antigonish.
He said the Blues will hope to have a full lineup as they seek permission to dress three affiliate players from their affiliate team, the Amherst Colts.
Both games start at 7:30 p.m.