Behind the jerseys of the boys from Truro
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The Cumberland County Blues players from Truro are full of surprises as they show off their sign language skills, spelling out BLUE in honour of their team. Present are: Jesse Cox (from left), Kyle MacKenzie, Ryan Ingraham and Chris Poole.
SPRINGHILL – They’re a mysterious bunch, not really open about everything – a tad on the secretive side you might say. But after a little coaxing, the Cumberland County Blues players who joined the team from Truro spoke about their time with the team.
All four players Kyle MacKenzie, Jesse Cox, Ryan Igraham and Chris Poole, all knew each other before coming to the Blues. One could call them a family within a family.
“Initially, Aaron Crocker and Jon Tattrie were part of it too,” said Jesse Cox, who is one of the team’s goalies. “But they moved to Amherst so they’re weird. They’re not true ‘townies’. We shunned them out of our family.”
Adding in travel times and practices, the players guessed they spend about 10 hours a week together. Even with all that time driving and playing together, they somehow never grow tired of one another.
“No, we’re family,” said Cox.
“But if we stick around too long, we’d start fighting,” added Ryan Ingraham.
“See? We’re thinking,” Cox joked.
Fellow teammate Mike McLure may have been named the team comedian, but in the team’s Truro family, that title goes to someone else.
“Yeah, I’d have to say myself,” said Cox. “Because I’m the goalie. We’re weird.”
Much like any family, there’s always a baby. With the travelling players, they were quick to name Chris Poole as theirs and not just because he’s the youngest among them, at only 18 years-old.
“I cover for him out on the ice quite a bit,” added Cox.
“I have nothing to say,” said Poole.
“He doesn’t talk much,” Ingraham explained.
“They don’t really pick on me,” Poole (finally) added.
Looking back on how far the team has come in the past few months, the players had nothing but positive things to say about their progress and how far they will go.
“(Rob) did a good job,” said MacKenzie. “He brought in a lot of people from different areas, but we all seem to get along really good.”
“We’re all coming together really good now,” added Ingraham.