Cool Blues get Clifford Mugford back on the ice

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 definitely the way it's been lately for the Cumberland County Cool Blues 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 Jr. A Ramblers for the entire 2007-2008 season but was cut from the team 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 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 Cool Blues and the moment he was cut from the Ramblers the Blues showed interest in the 18-year-old, 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 organization.
"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.
"The fans were great," Mugford said. "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 game play in the Jr. B 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," Mugford added. "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 Jr. A league again next year but if I don't make it, then I'll be back here again."

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues, Amherst Jr. A Ramblers, Blues organization Ramblers organization

Geographic location: Gander

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