Wood­worth prov­ing his worth

Ea­gles at home tonight against Cataractes

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO tj­colello@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Just like an­other for­mer Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles de­fence­man, Stephen Wood­worth is looking to prove he’s not just a foot­note in a ma­jor deal.

In 2003, the Ea­gles or­ches­trated a block­buster deal with the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads which sent for­wards Stu­art MacRae , Ge­orge Davis and de­fence­men Steve Vil­leneuve to the Herd in re­turn for de­fence­man Pa­trick Gil­bert, for­wards Jonathan La­belle and Nathan Veinot, two first-round draft picks and 18-yearold de­fence­man Adam Pardy. Pardy, al­though not a prin­ci­pal in the trade, put in two solid sea­sons in Cape Bre­ton and is now pa­trolling the blue-line for the Cal­gary Flames.

The 16-year-old Wood­worth was in the same sit­u­a­tion. Back in Jan­uary, he was ac­quired by the Ea­gles in a deal for 18-year-old de­fence­man Eric Gelinas, who was sub­se­quently shipped to the Chicoutimi Sague­neens to ac­quire Ja­cob La­gacé.

“I ob­vi­ously want to prove my­self to both the hockey team and the peo­ple here in Cape Bre­ton,” said the Mid­dle­ton na­tive, se­lected by the Maineiacs in the fourth round, No. 58 over­all, in the 2009 draft. “They’re a great hockey or­ga­ni­za­tion and if I can con­trib­ute and prove it to them that I de­serve a spot on this team, I want to do that as best I can.”

The deal did open an op­por­tu­nity for Wood­worth. Along with get­ting to move closer to home, he got to jump into full-time duty with a Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League team. He played in five games with the Maineiacs prior to be­ing dealt, but spent most of the sea­son with the Hal­i­fax Lions of the Mar­itime Ju­nior ‘A’ Hockey League.

“When I found out when I was traded, I wasn’t sure I would be com­ing up with the team this year or try­out next year,” he said. “When they told me that I was go­ing to come up with them this year, I got very ex­cited and looked for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity and just want to make the most of it.”

Wood­worth and his team­mates are looking to build on a big win, Sun­day. They dou­bled the Cana­dian Hockey League’s No. 1ranked Saint John Sea Dogs by a 42 score to split their week­end se­ries with the team. They’ll chal­lenge the Shaw­ini­gan Cataractes tonight at 7 p.m.

The Ea­gles con­tinue their home­s­tand Fri­day against the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads, an­other 7 p.m. start. That game will be the an­nual Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity night, where CBU stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff will be in at­ten­dance.

NOTE: Mem­bers of the Ea­gles will be at Bos­ton Pizza, Tues­day, for their an­nual Celebrity Server event. The play­ers will be tak­ing or­ders, do­ing dishes and serv­ing ta­bles from 5-9 p.m., with 10 per cent of all sales to be do­nated to the IWK Health Cen­tre Foun­da­tion.

Stephen Wood­worth

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