Junior hockey club finishes best season in history

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Things looking up for Blues franchise

After taking a few days off following a thrilling ride to the Atlantic final, Ron Reynolds is already chomping at the bit to start a new hockey season.

Looking back at the season, Reynolds feels it was the year in which his team, the Cumberland County Cool Blues, finally got rid of their Rodney Dangerfield image and earned a little respect.

Junior hockey club finishes best season in history

After taking a few days off following a thrilling ride to the Atlantic final, Ron Reynolds is already chomping at the bit to start a new hockey season.

Looking back at the season, Reynolds feels it was the year in which his team, the Cumberland County Cool Blues, finally got rid of their Rodney Dangerfield image and earned a little respect.

Once we got away from the slow start everything was positive, Reynolds said. The franchise made some big steps and were looking very strong for years to come.

It has been a long road for the Blues. After several tough seasons in Oxford, the Blues took a hiatus from the league before returning three seasons in Springhill.

While the club failed to make the playoffs in its first season back, it knocked off the Sackville Blazers in its second year. This year, however, was the year the Blues made some noise, finishing second in the Sid Rowe Division before sweeping the Windsor Royals to open the playoffs.

Although the Blues got swept by East Hants in the league semis, the club went 3-1 in the Don Johnson Cup before knocking off Kensington in the Atlantic semifinal before losing to East Hants in the final.

The Don Johnson gained us a lot of respect in hockey circles, not just Junior B, Reynolds said. Players see the fan support and the volunteer support and say they want to play here. I expect our training camp will be the largest it has ever been..

Much can happen before August and the beginning of training camp, but Reynolds already has verbal commitments from most of the returning Blues.

Reynolds credits the teams strong relationship with the Amherst Ramblers for helping build a solid program in Cumberland County.

Its a relationship thats the envy of other teams in our league, he said. Weve developed a solid working relationship that I can only see getting stronger and players coming in can have a great experience in Amherst or a great experience in Springhill.

Reynolds is also looking to increase the local flavour on the team. Its a situation that could only get stronger if plans to locate a Junior C team in Springhill are successful.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues, Don Johnson, Sid Rowe Division

Geographic location: Springhill, East Hants, Oxford Kensington Cumberland County Amherst

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