AMHERST, NS – All-Star midget hockey in New Brunswick will have four representatives from the Cumberland County Midget AA Ramblers.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, three players and one coach, will hit the ice at the New Brunswick Central Midget Hockey League All-Star Game in Riverview.
“Forward and team captain Zack Gould, defenceman Cole Lefler, and goaltender Greg Ripley have been nominated to play at the All-Star Game,” said Shawanoswe Tooley, head coach of the Cumberland County Midget AA Ramblers.
Also nominated as a coach for the all-star team, Tooley said all three players are deserving of the nomination.
“Most teams only have two players in the all-star game but they’ve given us three,” said Tooley. “I guess that speaks to the caliber of our players.”
The pre-Christmas Ramblers have a record of 10-2, and Tooley says all three players have played a key role in their success.
Zack Gould (Forward)
Besides being a good skater and shooter, Tooley says Gould has a strong work ethic.
“That’s why he’s the captain and the leader on the team,” said Tooley. “He shows up every day, and we know he’s going to give his best effort regardless of whether or not he’s had a good day or a bad day off the ice.”
Cole Lefler (Defenceman)
Tooley says Lefler is reliable on both offense and defence.
“He’s highly adaptable. Put him in any situation and you know it’s going to work out as planned,” said Tooley. “He shows up to practices and games and you know what you’re going to get.”
He also says Lefler if very level-headed and understands the game well.
“As far as his skill set goes, nothing really stands out but he’s good at all things, and he has a good hockey sense.,” said Tooley. “I’ve coached him for three years and he’s vastly improved and brings to the table what we expect from him.”
Greg Ripley (Goaltender)
Tooley says Ripley is always prepared for games and practices.
“He’s always looking to improve himself, whether it’s reading stuff we bring to practice or videos,” said Tooley.
He also has good rebound control and moves the puck well.
“He’s like a sixth defenceman out there,” said Tooley.
He also says he’s a leader who leads by example.
“Because of the rules he can’t make him our captain or assistant captain, but he would be if it were allowed.”
Before the All-Star Game, the Ramblers played NBCMHL teams closer to home, which means they often played midget teams in the AA, A, and C Divisions. After the break, the Ramblers will play AA teams throughout New Brunswick.
“We’ll be playing against Dieppe, Restigouche, Fredericton, Saint John and Miramichi, so we’ll be travelling a lot more after the all-star break,” said Tooley.
He says his team will be ready for the tougher schedule.
“At the beginning of the year we were winning but we weren’t getting the results we were laying out for them,” said Tooley. “Now we’re starting to see the guys buying into what we’re selling.”
The All-Star Game starts Sunday at 12 p.m. at the Riverview Arena.