Madawaska building its program

Darrell Cole
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EDMUNDSTON, N.B. Its been a long, long time since New Brunswick has sent a representative to the Don Johson Cup.

That drought is ending this year with the participation of Les 506 de Madawaska.

Im anxious to see how well do because we havent played a game in a month, coach and team president Pierre Michaud said. Its only our second year as a team and were hoping to use this as something to build on.

Madawaska enters the tournament as an unknown, having played in the Saint-Laurent Junior AA League in Quebecs Gaspe region.

The club was eliminated from the first round of the league playoffs, but had a strong showing at AA tournament earlier this season that featured teams from the Montreal area.

Madawaska was also one of the few teams to defeat the leagues top team in regular season play. The team will be missing a pair of regulars when it comes to Springhill and has been given permission by Hockey New Brunswick to pick up four players from Hampton and Shediac, N.B.

If I were to say what style we play Id have to say its defensive, said Michaud, who took over the head coaching duties in January. We have had a lot of success by playing solid defence and taking advantage of our chances when they come.

Michaud is hoping the program hes attempting to grow will gain from its experience in Springhill, adding the team was created to give players in the Edmundston, St. Leonard and Madawaska region a place to play hockey following their minor hockey and high school careers.

Organizations: Saint-Laurent Junior AA League

Geographic location: Madawaska, EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick Springhill Montreal Shediac

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