Ramblers add depth to blueline

Darrell Cole
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Howe arrives from Charlottetown Islanders

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are getting some blueline help with the arrival of Travis Howe from the Charlottetown Islanders.

Travis Howe has joined the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers from the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are getting some blueline help with the arrival of Travis Howe from the Charlottetown Islanders.

Howe, who the Ramblers acquired from Swan Valley of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in August, had attended the Islanders’ training camp and saw action with the club while several players attended NHL camps.

“The experience he had with the Islanders over the last month is going to help us. He’s a versatile guy who can both forward and defence and he has a mean streak as well,” coach Jim Bottomley said Tuesday.

Howe, 19, is likely to see some action with the Islanders as well during the season and could battle for a 20-year-old spot next year.

The Boston area native had seven assists playing mainly defence with Swan Valley last season. He comes in at 6’4”, 198 pounds and will bring added size to a club that’s already among the league’s biggest.

“He’s very defensive-minded and is going to help the hockey club a lot. Something we really need to cut back on going forward is the number of giveaways we had on the weekend,” Bottomley said.

The Ramblers are also expecting to have Ben MacDonald back in the lineup this weekend when the club plays in Yarmouth on Friday and Truro on Saturday.

The club is coming off a tough weekend, dropping its opening three games of the season.

“I think the boys went down to Kentville a little overconfident and Saturday against Woodstock we let a pretty skilled hockey team take the game to us. We went off the rails and just couldn’t get back on track,” Bottomley said.

Bottomley was impressed with the club’s third period comeback on Sunday against Miramichi, scoring three times in the final period to erase a 5-2 deficit and tie the game before the Timberwolves scored with under two minutes to play to win it.

Another thing Bottomley plans to address is discipline, adding he can’t have players taking misconducts and game misconducts.

“We can’t have that happening. They need to put the head ahead of their emotions and we’re going to address that,” Bottomley said.


Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Islanders, Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Alberta Junior Hockey League NHL Timberwolves

Geographic location: Swan Valley, Charlottetown, Boston Yarmouth Truro Kentville

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Recent comments

    September 18, 2013 - 15:51

    Too bad they couldn't bring back ole Canfield Jack, it would be Gongshow at the Jungle!

    September 18, 2013 - 10:08

    Agree with Jack on the Rocks. We have 3-4 very large boys playing and its time to throw that size around. Saturday night was an embarassing display of hockey, and Sunday wasnt much better ( minus the third period effort) . Shape up or ship'em out Jimbo!!!

  • Vince Kennie
    September 18, 2013 - 02:03

    "JACK ON THE ROCKS" I agree with your comments, the Ramblers may be one of the biggest teams in the league, however size does not score goals alone, one needs special skills and must play well with their team mates for a successful outcome.

  • hawk
    September 17, 2013 - 21:59

    howe will not be effective if he takes peniltys. they are taking to many of those now. bottomly has to address this asap. it cost them the game against the timberwolves.

  • Jack on the Rocks
    September 17, 2013 - 18:00

    Hopefully the Rams add something up front...you gotta shot or you don't score..PS...a couple of the BIG guys had better start stepping up..Amherst got pushed around "Their Barn" Saturday night like they were scared...let's go boys..