Chance to play in Fred Page Cup
Waiting through the pre-game introductions in front of over 900 fans in his former building was tough for a former member of the Amherst Ramblers.
McManaman overcomes nerves in a solid return
AMHERST - Waiting through the pre-game introductions in front of over 900 fans in his former building was tough for a former member of the Amherst Ramblers.
The nearly 18-minute pre-game ceremony seemed like an eternity for Amherst native Scott McManaman, traded to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on draft day this past June.
The oldest son of Dawn and Terry McManaman of Amherst, was marking his return to the Amherst Stadium in this his final year of junior hockey.
"I was a little nervous but once we got going, I felt good,'' McManaman said.
"I like it a lot down there. It's a big change for sure. We are on the ice every day at 4 p.m. so I have to be done classes (at St. Francis Xavier University) every day by 2 p.m. to get to practice, but it's all been good,'' he said.
McManaman is currently centring Pictou's top line between rookie phenom Geoff Hum and Andrew Joudrey, a former teammate of his from AAA Midget days with the Pictou County Weeks Construction club.
However, playing with this group is no extra pressure for McManaman as he is taking it all in stride and just trying to enjoy everything that is his last season of Junior A hockey.
"We are into the Fred Page Cup so we want to go as deep into the playoffs as we can. That's our goal,'' he said.
"I just want to play my best, contribute anyway I can and enjoy my last year."
Moreover, contribute he did. McManaman assisted on his team's third goal from Scott Lavigne, a power play tally that proved to be the game winner and then had a goal disallowed in the third period.
Last season, McManaman played a key role in the Ramblers success, helping them into the semi-finals. He was attending Mount Allison at the time, but the course load he was taking was not the future he envisioned for himself. He found the program he sought at St. F..X. and requested a trade so he could follow that educational goal and was dealt to Pictou County for defenseman Matt Leverman.
Now in his second year of studies, he is in a science program from which he will move to kinesiology next year.