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SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County Blues hit home ice for the first time this season tonight at 7:30 p.m. 

Blues coach Rob McClure talks to his players after running them through their paces Wednesday night at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill. 

SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County Blues hit home ice for the first time this season tonight at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re not big but we’re fast,” said Blues coach Rob McLure after Wednesday night’s practice.

The Blues 2013-2014 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League home opener is against the Valley Maple Leafs.

“The lineup is probably 90 per cent settled at the moment and they’re looking very good,” said McLure.

McLure said the Blues organization is creating a team culture based on accountability and commitment.

“The community works really hard to put this team together and the players need to do their part, so we have a commitment contract where we lay out a few rules,” said McLure.

McLure said there are only three things a team can control that other teams can’t control. Those three things are; one, having a great attitude; two, effort, and; three, preparation.

“Our goal is for the players to give 100 per cent, 100 per cent of the time,” said McLure. “And we want them to prepare for games at the rink during practice and at the pre-game skate.”

Asked what consequences will follow if a player fails to live up to their contract, McLure said, “(Assistant coach) Grove (Sutton) and I are fortunate this year to have a lot of players, so the consequence might be that they might not be wearing a uniform.”

McLure said they have a crop of rookies that will force veterans to push themselves.

“There’s a new group of soldiers and they’re going to be, without a doubt, pushing the veterans,” said McLure. “If there’s future changes it may not be the rookies going.”

The Blues face off against the Maple Leafs tonight, at team that is new to the NSJHL. They play out of the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick and are in the Fred Fox Division.

They currently lead the league with four points after winning their first two games of the season. They beat Ducks 4-3 in St. Margaret’s Bay on Saturday, and beat the Duck 3-2 at home on Friday.

McLure said the Blues will focus on playing strong defence tonight, “and we need to jump on our opportunities.”

Junior and senior high school students attending tonight’s game will get into the game at two for the price of one, and high school staff will get into the game for $5.

During the first intermission one person will be given a chance to win $5,000. To win the cash prize they will have to shoot 20 pucks into the net in 20 seconds from centre ice.

There will also be a Blues seventh player, which is a player selected from the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association.

Organizations: Maple Leafs, Cumberland County Blues, Blues 2013-2014 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Blues organization Kings Mutual Century Centre Fred Fox Division Cumberland Minor Hockey Association

Geographic location: Berwick

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