Rambler captain joins Tommies’ hockey program
Kody Orr, who was captain of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers last season, has committed to St. Thomas University where he will study journalism and play for the Hockey Tommies.
AMHERST – One of the grittiest players to ever wear the uniform of the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers has joined the St. Thomas Tommies.
Kody Orr, who was captain of the Ramblers during the 2012-13 Maritime Junior Hockey League, has committed to St. Thomas University where he plans to study toward a journalism degree.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Orr. “I spent the weekend in Fredericton and got to see the facility and meet the coach. I considered several offers, but St. Thomas fits in with what I want to do with my education. I want to go into journalism and they have a pretty good school there.”
The 20-year-old Lower Sackville native spent five seasons with the Ramblers, scoring 87 goals and adding 114 assists for 201 points in 242 games. He also amassed 320 penalty minutes.
Known more for his defensive play and penalty killing, Orr was honoured this year with the league’s character award, while he was named the Ramblers’ most valuable player, was the top scorer and shared the players’ choice award with longtime teammate and friend Mitch O’Neill.
Orr joins a program that struggled in the eight-team Atlantic University Hockey Conference. St. Thomas finished the season with just three wins and a tie in 28 games, scoring only 47 goals and giving up 124.
“St. Thomas is a smaller school and has found it tough to compete with some of the bigger schools, like UNB and SMU, but I think this year we have a chance to be competitive,” Orr said. “I just want to come in and do what I can to help the program get to the next level.”
Orr knows it’s a big jump from the Maritime Junior Hockey League to the AUHC, but he’s confident his defensive game will make him value to the club.
“The first thing will be feeling out the speed and the physicality of the league because it’s a big jump,” Orr said. “I’m not going to change my game much. I am what I am.”
St. Thomas hired Patrick Powers last month to take over the coaching duties after Troy Ryan resigned. Powers was an assistant coach at Western University that has sent three teams to the nationals and appeared in two championship games.