A contagious team
Major midget Valley Wildcats are a hard-working team
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.”
Nathan Watson winds up and takes a shot for the Valley Wildcats in a home game against the Cape Breton West Islanders.