Orr coming back for more

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - One of the Amherst Ramblers' top talents will be returning for another Maritime Junior A Hockey League season.
Kody Orr, a 16-year-old Lower Sackville resident, left the training camp of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Halifax Mooseheads on Monday and is expected to report to the Ramblers' camp later this week. Orr, a 12th-round pick of the Mooseheads in June, had been in the running for a spot as the team's 13th forward. He had suited up for practices but had not appeared in any preseason games.
"It was a mutual decision," Orr said. "I didn't want to ruin my NCAA eligibility, and they didn't want to make any promises until they had the chance to fully evaluate me by seeing me in an exhibition game. They agreed that playing another year of junior A would be the best thing for my development."
Orr, who turns 17 next month, was Amherst's second-round pick in 2008, and totalled 19 points in 49 regular-season games in his rookie campaign, plus one assist in seven playoff games before a collarbone injury ended his season.
His leadership ability will be welcome on a team that has a lost a wealth of veteran talent.
"I don't see it as a rebuilding year," Orr said. "It's more of a transition because we did have a lot of older players last year, but we have some really good 17- and 18-year-olds on our roster, and I think we'll be able to step up and compete with the best."

Tonight's preseason opener is, in essence, a rookie game.
Head coach and general manager Corey Crocker is using the 7:30 p.m., tilt against the Dieppe Commandos as the first opportunity to evaluate newcomers in game situations.
Devon Cudmore will get the start in goal and is expected to play the first period, with Julien Daigle going in the second period and Spencer Scott in the third.
The Ramblers will dress 13 forwards - Jordie Shaw, Kodi Estey, Corbyn Gallagher, Scott Lowe, Anthony Cummiskey, Mitchell O'Neill, Jesse Colborne, Matthew Canning, Marcus Manson, Michael Clarke, Alex Berry, Luke Warner and Garrett Bell - and defencemen Justin Landry, Wes Herrett, Greg Taylor, Paden Lennie and Brandon Mercer.

Two of the Ramblers' Bent Division rivals made trades with the Campbellton Tigers on the weekend. The Truro Bearcats picked up defencemen Donnie Churchill for the rights to Mike Richards and future considerations. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers added forward Danny Robichaud for two draft picks and future considerations.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com


Amherst Ramblers training camp roster and schedule (subject to change; x - denotes returnee, y - attending major junior camp; z - injured):
ROSTER
Goalies (6)
x-Jonathan Waye; Tyler Ferdinand, prep school; Devon Cudmore, Cornwall, P.E.I., major midget; Julien Daigle, Miramichi, N.B., major midget; Spencer Scott, Cole Harbour major midget; Nathan Kelly, Cumberland minor midget AAA.
Defencemen (10)
x-Derek Smith; x-Eric Boudreau; xy-Drew McLaughlin; Justin Landry, Cumberland County junior B; Paden Lennie, Inuvik; Wes Herrett, Pictou County major midget; Dylan Brake, St. John's, N.L., major midget; Cole Wood, Pictou County major midget; Greg Taylor, Tri-Pen, N.L., major midget; Brandon Mercer, Tri-Pen, N.L., major midget.
Forwards (25)
x-Adam Chipman; xz-Jonathan Pardy; x-Zach Carson; x-Jeremy Barron; z-Jordie Shaw, Cumberland County junior B; z-Derick Miles, Winchester, Ont., junior B; x-Justin Matthews; x-Trevor Layton; y-Simon Bissonnette, Halifax Lions; Scott Bragg, Woodstock Slammers; x-Josh Coleman; x-Shane O'Byrne; Kodi Estey, Leo Hayes H.S.; Corbyn Gallagher, Yarmouth H.S.; Scott Lowe, Toronto midget AAA; Anthony Cummiskey, Charlottetown midget AA; x-Kody Orr; Mitchell O'Neill, Appleby College; Jesse Colborne, Pictou County major midget; Matthew Canning, Central N.L., major midget; Marcus Manson, Miramichi, N.B., major midget; Michael Clarke, Cole Harbour major midget; Alex Berry, Cape Breton West major midget; Luke Warner, Pictou County major midget; Garrett Bell, Moncton midget AA.
SCHEDULE
Today
10 a.m. - Practice (players not dressing for exhibition game)
7:30 p.m. - Exhibition game vs. Dieppe
Tomorrow
10 a.m. - Practice
6:30 p.m. - Practice
Thursday
10 a.m. - Practice (players not dressing for exhibition game)
7:30 p.m. - Exhibition game at Dieppe
Friday
6:30 p.m. - Practice
Saturday
10 a.m. - Practice (players not dressing for exhibition game)
7 p.m. - Exhibition game vs. Dieppe
Sunday
2 p.m. - Exhibition game at Dieppe

Organizations: Appleby College, Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League NCAA Campbellton Tigers

Geographic location: AMHERST, Pictou County, Lower Sackville Miramichi Cumberland County Cornwall Inuvik St. John's Winchester Toronto Charlottetown Cape Breton West Moncton

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  • Rams Fan
    January 18, 2010 - 10:42

    Smart move by Kody he would have sitting in the stands more playing , The Q league makes a lot of promises but none ever come through on them