NEW HOME FOR MAJOR MIDGETS
Tradesmen to play in Membertou starting next season
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.
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.