Mugford happy to be a Cool Blue

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Dave Mathieson
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SPRINGHILL - The Rolling Stones once sang, "You can't always get what you want but if you try sometime, you might find, you get what you need."
That's the way it's been lately for the Cumberland County Cool Blues'º latest acquisition, Clifford Mugford.
"It's been a tough couple of weeks," Mugford said. "I could have given up on hockey, but this opportunity presented itself and I jumped at it."
Mugford played with the Amherst junior A Ramblers for the 2007-08 season but was cut after this year's training camp.
"It was shocking to me but they were heading in a different direction and I wasn't part of their scheme," Mugford said.
Mugford, 18, was traded to the Mirimichi Timberwolves but wasn't happy playing with the team.
"Things didn't work out. I didn't feel comfortable there," Mugford said.
During the Ramblers training camp, Mugford was being scouted by the junior B Cool Blues and the moment he was cut from the Ramblers, the Blues showed interest in the six-foot, 205-pound forward.
"Dave (Cool Blue coach Dave Hyatt) called me and the organization showed a lot of patience with me," Mugford said. "And with the Blues I'll get more ice time and bring my game to a higher level."
Also, knowing he'll be playing with fellow Newfoundlanders Cody Roach and Ryan Smith is an added bonus to joining the Blues.
"I know Cody and Ryan, and I told them I just want to play the game of hockey," Mugford, who is from Gander, added.
Mugford is now playing on their line.
"I get to play with two awesome hockey players in Cody and Ryan, so I think I'll get to put up some good numbers," Mugford said.
Mugford played in the Blues' home opener against the Sackville Blazers and registered an assist in the 7-2 victory.
"They're crazy ol' fans. They definitely get into it. For a small town, it was a great showing of fans," Mugford said about the crowd of 600.
And what does he think of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League?
"I'm not going to lie, it's better than I thought it was going to be," Mugford said. "It's a good pace and it's hard-hitting. I find the skill is there and everyone works hard."
He is also impressed with the coaching staff.
"I couldn't ask for better. They've been great to me. They're very professional."
He also has nothing but good things to say about the Ramblers organization.
"I loved Amherst," Mugford said.
"I have nothing bad to say about Amherst. Unfortunately, sometimes things don't work out.
"The coaching staff and the organization is great and they have a great bunch of fellows up there. But I'm here now and I see this as a great opportunity to develop my skills around the net. I see this as a stepping stone to joining the junior A league again next year but if I don't make it, then I'll be back here again."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Rolling Stones, Cumberland County Cool Blues, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Ramblers organization

Geographic location: Gander

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