Cool Blues to host exhibition game Friday
SPRINGHILL: Cool Blues addicts will finally get their fix on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when their team hit the ice for their first game of the season against the Brookfield Elks at the Richard Calder arena.
The Blues also have another pre-season match-up against the Pictou County Scotians on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena.
"We're really looking forward to the games," Cool Blues coach Dave Hyatt said. "I think it will be a good measuring stick for us early in the year."
Hyatt said both Brookfield and Pictou are supposed to be "much improved this year."
Training camp is in high gear and the games will allow the Cool Blues coaching staff to assess the players who have come to play hockey.
"We have four goaltenders in camp and they're all very good, so we're going to have to make some real tough decisions when it come to our goaltending," Hyatt said.
Goaltenders returning from last year are, Matt Kimber, Springhiller Landon Crowe and Patrick O'Brien, who also play's for the Ramblers.
"We also have a kid come in, Andrew Corte, who played for the Restigouche Tigers last year," Hyatt said.
The defensive corps sees a crop of both new and familiar faces at camp.
Justin Cortes, Nathan Lavigne, Matt Noiles, Justin Landry are returnees.
"But we also have two local kids in camp, Jeff Harrison and Brendan Grimes," Hyatt said. "And we have Brad Smith who played with the Fredricton Major Midgets and Aaron Morrison who played Major Midget with the Moncton Flyers. Our defence is very deep."
Up front the Blues have eight returnees from last year plus three local players.
"Cody Sutton, Travis Parrell and Aaron Ferguson are all showing themselves quite well," Hyatt said. "They played minor midget in Cumberland last year."
Murray Bavis will also be returning from Newfoundland sometime in the next two weeks.
All players will come under the scrutiny of, not just the coaches, but also the fans.
"As always, the fans are showing real interest in the team," Hyatt said. "We've had a lot of people coming out to training camp to watch. The interest always seems to be there in this town."