Proud to play at home

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Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - With the 2008 Maritime Junior A hockey draft held in Amherst last weekend, what better place to bring four local minor hockey players into the fold.
Two of those players in the stands listening intently for their name to be called was Shane O'Byrne and Josh Coleman.
"Getting drafted in my home town was a big surprise," O'Byrne said. "I grew up watch the Ramblers. I've been a fan since I was little."
Coleman agrees.
"I was definitely hoping to get picked by the Ramblers," Coleman said. "It's definitely been a goal of mine for a long time to play with the Ramblers."
Both players have been linemates in midget hockey for the last two years.
"I like playing on the same team as him," Coleman said. "He's a good player and a good guy."
O'Byrne is happy Coleman got drafted at the same time.
"I was really happy for him," O'Byrne said. "It's an honour playing with Josh. I'm looking forward to the both of us playing with the Ramblers."
Both players said they'll be training hard all summer with an eye towards making the team.
Coleman said he has a lot of determination and has a good shot but needs to work on his speed, while O'Byrne calls himself a grind who doesn't mind going into the corners but, "I need to work on my stickhandling.
Both players began playing hockey when they were five years old and both their fathers were good hockey players.
Coleman's dad played with the Ramblers for twoyears, from 1977 to 1979.
O'Byrne is a big fan of his dad's athletic achievements.
When asked who his favourite NHL player is he said Rob Brind'amour but when asked who his favourite athlete is he said his dad.
"He played hockey, baseball and soccer," O'Byrne said. "He went to the MJHL and played university hockey.
Rambler coach Corey Crocker says both players have hockey in their blood. Though he said they are both in the developmnt stage he added, "They are both very tenacious and very excited to be drafted.
"Shane is a very wiry player. His game play is very tough," Crocker said. "Josh is very tough player and a very smart player."
Crocker said he is thrilled he was able to draft both players

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: NHL

Geographic location: AMHERST

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