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Trades­men to play in Mem­ber­tou start­ing next sea­son

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Trades­men to play out of Mem­ber­tou next sea­son.

The Cape Bre­ton Union­ized Trades­men will start next sea­son in a new home.

The Nova Sco­tia East­link Ma­jor Midget Hockey League club will make the move to the Mem­ber­tou Sport and Well­ness Cen­tre. The team pre­vi­ously played at Cen­tre 200 in Syd­ney.

Head coach Ken Tracey said they will have their own room, a coaches’ of­fice, an equip­ment area and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

“The guys can leave their gear overnight and have it dried out and have it ready to go for prac­tices and pack it for when we’re on the road or game time,” he said. “That part of it is pretty neat.”

The Trades­men join other no­table teams that have al­ready made the move to Mem­ber­tou. Last sea­son, the Kameron Ju­nior Min­ers ju­nior squad moved to Mem­ber­tou from the Bay­plex in Glace Bay, while the Mac­In­tyre Chevy Pan­thers fe­male midget ‘AAA’ team and the Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats boy’s hockey team both moved to Mem­ber­tou from Cen­tre 200.

Tracey praised both Paul Mac­Don­ald and Dave Fer­gu­son of Cen­tre 200 for be­ing “first class” dur­ing their time at the arena.

“Hav­ing ac­cess to the Ea­gles and the coach­ing staff, you’re go­ing to miss that, but as far as go­ing to Mem­ber­tou and a new venue, it’s go­ing to be a lot of fun,” said Tracey. “Hav­ing some lo­cal boys from Mem­ber­tou on this year’s team, it’s go­ing to add to it.”

It will also be a new start for the Trades­men. They had a chal­leng­ing 2016-17 sea­son, fin­ish­ing last in the league with a 2-36-0-0 record.

“We’re ex­cited about that,” said Tracey. “We have a lot of kids who are el­i­gi­ble to re­turn and what’s com­ing up from ma­jor ban­tam, mi­nor midget and some high school kids, it’ll be a nice change for the guys to come into a new rink and call it their own and hope­fully, get off to a great start there.”

The 2017-18 sea­son for the Trades­men be­gins Sept. 9. They’ll play 19 home games and 19 away games.

“Our coun­cil is proud to sup­port young ath­letes on their jour­ney to success on and off the ice,” Mem­ber­tou Chief Terry Paul said in a press re­lease.

Tracey also wished as­sis­tant coach Con­nor Rogers well. The West­mount res­i­dent won’t be back be­hind the bench next sea­son af­ter a move to Hal­i­fax to pur­sue a law de­gree at Dal­housie Univer­sity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Cape Bre­ton Union­ized Trades­men will play at the Mem­ber­tou Sport and Well­ness Cen­tre start­ing next sea­son. From left are player Sonny Ka­batay, Mem­ber­tou Chief Terry Paul, player Ash­ton Paul, board mem­ber Ryan MacPher­son and player Cam­don Lan­glois on the ice in Mem­ber­tou.

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