SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County Blues have gained a new forward. Former Amherst Rambler No. 25, Serge Boisvert, was recently traded to the Blues and will finish out the season in Springhill.
“The general manager of the team, Terry McManaman, and I were looking for opportunities to build the team for the future,” said Blues coach Robert McLure.
By moving some of their veteran players, McLure said they were able to secure a spot to bring on the former Rambler.
When news broke that Boisvert was going to become available, McLure said his team jumped at the opportunity to bring him aboard.
“Boisvert is a great guy, he’s a hard worker and he’s a really good competitor,” said the coach. “Having a guy like Serge in the lineup, having a top gun in the lineup, makes everyone else raise their game.”
Amherst Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said even though he’s released Boisvert to the Blues for the remainder of the season, he has big plans for the player in the future. The coach said the trade was necessary, as he didn’t want to eliminate opportunities for the player to be involved in the sport and grow for the upcoming season.
“It was definitely for his benefit,” said Bottomley. “… He’s got a better opportunity of playing.”
Boisvert will play for the Blues but have an affiliate registration with the Ramblers, allowing him to play with the Ramblers when needed.
“The Blues are very fortunate to have such a great relationship with the Ramblers,” added McLure. “It allows us to be a training ground for future Rambler players.”
Boisvert travelled with the Blues last week to their game in Port Hawkesbury, where the new player scored a goal in the shoot out, winning the game for his new team.
Boisvert said trading players is a new experience for him but he feels good about his new team.
“I think it’s going to go well,” he said. “I like the organization.”
Although the trade wasn’t a complete surprise to the player, he said it still surprised him a little.
“I know I didn’t have a lot of points this year, but I’m still a part of the team,” he said. “I know that here, I’m going to get more play time, experience and build confidence.”
Of course, scoring the winning goal in a shoot out certainly helps settling in with a new team.
“It’s my second winning goal, my second shoot out goal this year,” he said. “I guess that’s one of my strong points. It felt really good. It was my first day with the team but I felt like I was part of the team already.”
The Blues travel to Port Hawkesbury Friday night to face off in a return matchup against the Strait Pirates. The Blues welcome the Glace Bay Miners to the ice Sunday afternoon for their home game at 2:30 p.m. at the Springhill arena.