Time to hit the ice running

Dave Mathieson
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Ramblers training camp opens Monday

AMHERST – Ramblers wannabe’s have less than a week to prove they have what it takes to make the team.

Player registration was Sunday.

“We’ll have about 40 guys ready to go here,” said Jim Bottomley, Ramblers coach and general manager.

Practice starts Monday morning.

“We hit the ice at 9 a.m.,” added Bottomley. “And then have an inter-squad game at 2 p.m.

“I want to see how well they play the game first and then we’ll work from there.”

Cuts will start Wednesday.

“We’ll give the guys a couple days to adjust to getting back at it, and then we’ll start weeding guys out Wednesday.”

The big tests will be Thursday and Saturday.

“The key will be our game Thursday night in Truro, and then we’ll be back here Saturday night when we play Truro again,” said Bottomley. "We’d like to get it cut down and then see where we have to fill the holes.”

Bottomley said he’s chomping at the bit to get back on the ice, and he’s looking forward to a new season.

“We have one of the best divisions in the country with the four teams that battle hard every year – Pictou, Truro, Yarmouth and ourselves,” said Bottomley. “We’re all excited to be back at it and it won’t take long to weed the guys out and start filling the holes.”

The inter-squad games run from 2-4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and they are open to the public.




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