Team currently sports nine local players
The Cumberland County Cool Blues got a lot stronger Thursday with the addition of 20-year-old forward Colin Feehan from the Amherst Ramblers.
SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Cool Blues got a lot stronger Thursday with the addition of 20-year-old forward Colin Feehan from the Amherst Ramblers.
This was not a case of the hard-working forward being cut by the club, but a decision he made to help with his education, work schedule and desire to continue playing hockey.
"This is a chance for him to help us over the next two seasons,' Ron Reynolds, coach and general manager of the Blues, said.
"This allows him to come back and play with us as a 20-year-old next season as well,' he added.
Feehan is a carpentry student at the Cumberland Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College and he also holds down a part-time job in the same field ouutside of his school and hockey schedule.
"Colin is at the stage of his life where hockey is important, but he just didn't want the Junior A lifestyle,' Corey Crocker, coach and general manager of the Ramblers, said.
"He will affiliate with us and play his 10 games with us and then, of course, when Springhill's season is over he can come back and be a member of our club."
Crocker said Feehan is a good, character kid and this move was a decision he made in life. He called Feehan's contribution to the team great over his tenure and he wished him well in his endeavours.
Feehan joined the Blues for their first game of the regular season in East Hants on Thursday, one of two additions to the club this week.
The Blues are laden with talent and nearly half of them come from Cumberland or Westmorland counties. Amherst natives Justin Landry, 16-year-old phenom Shane O'Byrne, Matt Noiles and Travis Davis, Springhill's Seth Crowe, Landon Crowe and Geoff Ryan and Sackville, N.B.'s Ryan Kaye and R.J. Sears have all made the opening day roster.
"It's great to have this many local kids and each year it gets better. We have a strong group of kids who realize that if they work hard they can get to the Junior A level right here in their own backyard,' Reynolds said.
"And as the Junior C team gets turned around, along with our program, kids from here will realize they have an opportunity to play at a higher level."
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You tie that in with the five players from Cumberland who are on the Weeks Midget AAA roster and the future of hockey in this region is in solid shape.
The Blues will return home on Friday night to kick off the home portion of the season when they host the Windsor Royals at 7:30 p.m. and then will play Kensington on Sunday in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m.