Josh Pugsley of Amherst skates at a Central Park, N.Y. outdoor rink with members of the Moncton Junior Tigers hockey club. Pugsley and the Junior Tigers were in New York City in early March. Stephen Pugsley photo
AMHERST - A young Amherst hockey player recently had the opportunity to play in the Big Apple as a member of the Moncton Junior Tigers.
Coached by former NHL defenceman Charlie Bourgeois, the 11-year-old Josh Pugsley and the Junior Tigers spent a week in New York City in early March.
The Junior Tigers played five games in New York, winning two and losing three.
The club visited Times Square and Ground Zero, saw the Statue of Liberty and scrimmaged in Central Park's Trump Lasker Rink.
The group also saw the New York Knicks play the New Orleans Hornets at Madison Square Garden and attended an NHL game between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers.
While at the game, the team met Islander goalie Rick DiPietro and Pictou County's Jon Sim.
Pugsley was assisted on the trip by Steve Maltby at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Keith Mackintosh from Pizza Delight.
His biggest memories from the trip were attending the NHL game and having lunch at the ESPN Zone.
Pugsley was a first-year player with the Cumberland County Jungle Jim's Peewee AA Ramblers this past season while also playing with the Junior Tigers, that operated out of Moncton and was run by the Atlantic Hockey Group.