Blues' coaching staff to return for 2007-08 season
SPRINGHILL - After turning a corner as a franchise last season, with an impressive run to the Atlantic final, the Cumberland County Cool Blues may be just a step away from being a championship team.
Having watched his club grow from its infancy, it's no wonder Ron Reynolds is coming back for another season behind the Blues' bench.
"Our goal is to put a championship team here in Springhill and I want to be part of it," Reynolds said, confirming he will continue to serve as coach and general manager for the 2007-08 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League season. "I think we're that close to winning it all."
At the conclusion of the Don Johnson Cup, in which his Blues were nipped by the powerhouse East Hants Penguins in the championship game, there was speculation in Springhill that Reynolds would focus on his duties as general manager and turn the coaching over to someone else.
Upon talking to the other members of his coaching staff, Reynolds decided to come back and finish what he started when the club was brought back to life after being out of the league for several seasons when the Oxford Blues took a leave of absence.
Along with Reynolds, assistant coaches David Hyatt and Jerry Harrison are also returning to the bench while Lewis Dorrington is back as off-ice conditioning coach. Brent MacDonald and Walter Maltby are also returning as trainers and equipment managers.
"Along with having a great team on the ice we have also had a great team off the ice in our coaching staff, Brent and Walter and the executive," Reynolds said. "We work well together and really don't want to break up that chemistry."
While the season is still a couple of months away, Reynolds is already recruiting. Most of those eligible to return have confirmed they'll be back including leading scorer Cody Roach, Cody Firth, Seth Crowe and Mark Rozak while Hughie McGuish and defencemen Ryan Lavigne, Justin Cortes and Jordan Bragg are also expected back.
"We've had a lot of interest from players wanting to come to Springhill," Reynolds said. "That's something we wanted to do was make Springhill a place players wanted to play."
Reynolds is expecting to make a some major player announcements the weekend of BluesFest from July 20 to 22 at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.