AMHERST – Ever wonder what makes your favourite hockey team’s player tick? How they got started in the game or what they’re hopes are for the future? Well, you may just get your chance to learn more about them.
Our newsroom recently sat down with some of the Cumberland County Blues to learn more about the players behind the jerseys.
One of this season’s newest players is Zac Black. The native of Amherst started playing hockey at a young age.
“My parents put me in it, I guess,” said Black.
After graduating high school this past June, Black attended Mount Allison University, hoping to join the lacrosse team. The Blues however, knew Black had potential help build the team and started contacting, hoping he’d join their line up.
“I kept saying no,” the new player admitted.
After trying out for his university’s lacrosse team, Black said the practices and schoolwork combined were too much.
“Hockey was less of a commitment,” he said.
Black joins several other rookie players on the team. Although, as a rookie, there’s plenty to improve on, on the ice, there has been a lot of learning being done off the ice.
“(McLure) is helping me with school and stuff,” said Black. “He’s acting somewhat like a mentor to me right now.”
McLure also had the players cut back on the swearing during the games. Although McLure’s move was all about keeping the players positive during the game, Black said the cussing and calling out can have its up sides as well.
“It’s all part of hockey,” he said. “It’s annoying the crap out of the other team. (The fans) shouldn’t hear it but it’s getting under their skin, kind of like a competitor advantage.”
Currently, alongside of hockey, Black is working on a bachelor of commerce degree at Mount Allison University. The player received a scholarship of $15,000 to attend the school.