Ramblers will rotate captaincy for rest of season

Jody Jewers
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AMHERST - Auditions for the next Ramblers captain have started.
Head coach and general manager Corey Crocker said his Maritime Junior A Hockey League club will use the rest of this season to determine who will lead the way in 2010-11.
Alternates Eric Boudreau, Justin Matthews, Drew McLaughlin and Kody Orr will rotate the designation of captain, vacated when Adam Chipman was traded to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Sunday. Orr assumed the role Tuesday in Amherst's come-from-behind 6-5 shootout win over the Dieppe Commandos, snapping the club's 13-game road losing streak.
"We need to designate a captain on our game sheet as per league rules, so as a coaching staff, we felt that this was a good opportunity to see if someone will step up within the leadership that we have on our team and assume that responsibility," Crocker said.
These four are used to sharing the leadership role. Boudreau and Matthews are designated as alternates when the Ramblers wear their light-coloured jerseys. McLaughlin and Orr are the alternates when Amherst dons its dark sweaters.
Chipman and alternate Derek Smith, also sent to the Crushers on deadline day, were the only players with letters on both jerseys.
Crocker said no replacement will be named for Smith's alternate spot this season unless injuries dictate otherwise.
Boudreau, Matthews, McLaughlin and Orr will continue to wear 'A's on their sweaters, with the captain designation recorded on the game sheet only.
"The reality is that anyone can have a letter on their jersey, but it's a 20-man game and everyone has to contribute," McLaughlin said.
"Right now, the collective idea is to build toward the playoffs and let the chips fall where they may as far as who's captain for next season goes."
To that end, the Ramblers head to Bridgewater today for a 7 p.m., contest with the Lumberjacks with momentum following that third-period rally versus Dieppe.
Amherst's record this month is 3-2. The Ramblers were 3-6 in October, 3-7 in November and 0-6-1 in December. The Ramblers won the last meeting between these clubs, 8-4 in Amherst 10 days ago.
"We've played some pretty good hockey since Christmas," Crocker said.
"Adding Brandon Street and Jon Pardy has been a big help, and guys have come back from the break refreshed and recharged."
The Crushers did the Ramblers a favour last night, beating the Halifax Lions 4-1 in New Glasgow to keep Halifax in a three-way tie with Yarmouth and Amherst for fourth place in the Bent Division with 30 points. Chipman picked up three assists, giving him eight points in his last four games.
Amherst returns to the Stadium on Saturday to face the league-leading Woodstock Slammers at 7 p.m. Woodstock lost in regulation for the first time this season Wednesday, 8-6 to the Miramichi Timberwolves.
OVERTIME - Matthews was named MJAHL player of the week Tuesday, with six goals and an assist in four games ... Forward Simon Bissonnette (groin) will be a game-time decision tonight.


Organizations: Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Bent Division

Geographic location: Pictou County, Bridgewater, Brandon Street New Glasgow

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  • Jack on the rocks
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Ha,Rambler hand me downs.......lololololoo

  • Jack on the rocks
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey Jimmy,if I wanted to fall asleep at a hockey game I might go.Jr B is like watching grass grow,SLOW..............

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I want to wish the Amherst Ramblers the best of luck in Bridgewater at 7 PM tonight. Give it your best shot. You will have a hard game against the league leaders at home on Saturday night, however it is not an impossible feat to beat this team.


  • Doug
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey Jack they would probablly beat the Rams and its only one step down from tier two and the ramblers would love to have some of those players with them.

  • Doug
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Go blues Go going for 17 wins in a row tonight.

  • jimmy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    vince give it up boy you and george should take in the blues game tonight at the so called jungle .more like a zoo now .to see what a real team can do . go blues go

  • vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Friday 15 Jan, great team effort tonight in B'Water. 8-4 win and the team all chipped in and did their fair share.