A con­ta­gious team

Ma­jor mid­get Val­ley Wild­cats are a hard-work­ing team

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - By Ash­ley thomp­son KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA BER­WICK Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Head coach An­dre Le­feb­vre de­scribes the en­ergy level com­ing from his ma­jor mid­get Val­ley Wild­cats as noth­ing short of con­ta­gious.

“I think the big­gest thing we’ve seen from the team is that they’re will­ing to put the work and the ef­fort in,” he said in an in­ter­view Sept. 18.

“They’re will­ing to learn. They’re will­ing to get out of their com­fort zones and try some things.”

Le­feb­vre lists team cap­tain and Mid­dle­ton na­tive Rob­bie Dow­ell, de­fend­ers Evan Weir and Damian Hartt and rookie cen­tre Brady Burns as a few ex­am­ples of notewor­thy names on the Wild­cats’ 20-player ros­ter.

“(Brady’s) go­ing to be one of the bet­ter first-year play­ers in the league,” said Le­feb­vre, not­ing that Burns is back from Notre Dame Hounds ban­tam prep team.

The Val­ley Wild­cats hosted the Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders at the Ap­ple Dome Arena in Ber­wick Sept. 16-17. Val­ley suf­fered a 5-4 loss to the vis­it­ing team in the first game, but re­sponded with a 1-0 win in their sec­ond show­down.

With the play­ers’ birth years rang­ing from 2001 to 2003, Le­feb­vre said im­prov­ing po­si­tional play will be key mov­ing for­ward with a rel­a­tively young team.

“We have to make sure we’re try­ing to get bet­ter ev­ery day,” he said.

“I’m a firm be­liever that we de­velop ev­ery player and the team’s suc­cess kind of comes along with it.”

He sus­pects there will be a few more bumps in the road as the team gels, but he’s cer­tain hockey fans will be pleased with the en­ergy com­ing from the Wild­cats.

“I think they’re go­ing to be a re­ally ex­cit­ing team.”

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Nathan Wat­son winds up and takes a shot for the Val­ley Wild­cats in a home game against the Cape Bre­ton West Is­lan­ders.

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