Cortes keep Cool Blues on even keel

Dave Mathieson
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Springhill - After last weekend's loss in Cape Breton, Cool Blues coach Dave Hyatt said the team needs to shore up its defence.
There's no better place to start than with new Cool Blues captain Justin Cortes.
"I'm a defensive defenceman," Cortes said. "I chip in with the odd goal but the way I look at it, the less pucks in our net, the better."
Blues general manager Ron Reynolds brought the 21-year-old Mount Allison student to the Blues three years ago from Miramichi.
"He's a stay-at-home defenceman," Reynolds said. "He doesn't try to push the limit. He knows his role out on the ice. It's steady as she goes with Cortes."
Cortes was voted captain by the rest of his teammates and he takes the vote of confidence with humility.
"They probably like the fact I work hard," Cortes said. "I'm not the most skilled player on the ice but I go out and work hard every shift."
He said being named captain was a thrill and is a great honour and he wants to be, "one of the leaders on a team that's full of leaders."
Reynolds said the team couldn't have picked a better guy to lead the team.
"He's always on an even keel, he's never up or down," Reynolds said. "He's the same on and off the ice, people know what to expect from him. That's a great quality to have."
Has Cortes changed much over the last three years?
"Not at all," Reynolds said with a laugh. "He's the same now as the day he was when I picked him up in Mirimachi."
How far does the 6'2", 220 pound Cortes think the Cool Bues will go this season?
"All the way," Cortes said. "We have more experience than last year and we have a lot of confidence. We have some good toughness with Mugford and we have some really good chemistry. The boys are ready to win."

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Miramichi, Mirimachi

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