Former Caps forward confident Pictou County can make Fred Page Cup
NEW GLASGOW – J.P. Harvey knows what it will take to get to a national final. He’s also confident the Weeks Crushers have the talent right now to at least make it to the Fred Page Cup.
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J.P. Harvey joined the Pictou County Weeks Crushers last week after being traded from the Summerside Western Capitals. He had an assist in each of his first two games after putting up 10 goals and 22 points in 20 games with the Capitals. Harvey was happy about the move and hopes to help the organization advance to a Fred Page Cup.
The 20-year-old joined the Summerside Western Capitals midway through the 2012-13 season, helping them in their RBC Cup run. Last week he joined the Crushers after being traded by the Capitals and after spending just a week with the organization the Dartmouth native likes their chances.
“I think it was two days before that I had a meeting with the GM in Summerside and he let me know that Pictou was really interested, so I just had to give it some thought over the next couple of days and it just went from there,” said Harvey. “I’m definitely loyal to Summerside after playing with them the last year, but I know Pictou is going for it this year and was happy to be a part of the run here.”
The trade sent Brett Doiron, the MHL rights to Nathan Yetman and future considerations to Summerside for Harvey and Michael Crocock.
Harvey had 10 goals and 22 points in 20 games with the Capitals this season. In three games with the Crushers he has two assists so far. He said starting with three games in three days was good to get adjusted quickly, adding the atmosphere for his first game was great.
“There is really great fan support here, so it was pretty cool to see how the fans reacted and the team taking me in for my first game here,” he said.
“It’s definitely easy to play with these guys because there’s a lot of talented guys, but right now I’m playing with Deruelle and Parker, which seems to be working, so that’s what we’re going to go with for now anyways. (I bring) speed and a physical aspect to the game to try to open up some space for those guys to get the puck moving.”
Coming in as the “new” guy, joining Tanner McCabe and Cole Hutchinson who joined the team in the midst of the season, Harvey said he had no trouble fitting in.
“It was an easy transition because I know most of the guys from growing up playing either with them or against,” said Harvey. “I definitely at least want to win a Kent Cup here and go onto the Fred Page and hopefully we can make it to the RBC. I think we have the team to do it.”
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He said he hopes he can help pass onto his teammates some of what he learned last year playing in the Kent Cup, Fred Page and RBC Cup finals, citing it as one of the main reasons he believes the Weeks Hockey Organization traded for him. Harvey also hopes he can help them understand what they need to do at this point in the season to build towards the end of the season.
“I know what happened with some of the guys burning out last year and what that took for us to get back and what needed to happen, so hopefully I can help the guys out as well with that aspect,” he said.
Tonight Harvey and the Crushers host the Amherst Ramblers for the first time this season. They are 2-1, having played three times in Amherst already this season. He said they need a better effort than they had in their 5-4 loss last Saturday.
“We just have to play harder for the 60-minute game,” he said. “We didn’t play that well in Amherst. We just have to skate harder and execute on our power play as well. I expect a different game from us tomorrow night.”
Goals for: 110
Goals against: 62
Record against Dieppe: 2-1-0
Vs. Amherst Ramblers
Goals for: 93
Goals against: 74
Game time: 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre