Major Midgets off to Monctonian
WESTVILLE ROAD – Maybe a trip out of Nova Scotia will cure what is ailing the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets.
The local club, which has dropped six of seven Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League games, will take part in the annual Monctonian Tournament in New Brunswick this weekend.
“It can take you away from the focus on the league and allow teams to focus on some shortterm goals in a tournament structure,” said Weeks head coach Kyle MacLennan.
“I think it’s good for everybody.”
The round robin tournament attracts Major Midget and Major Bantam teams from the Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec.
Scouts from major junior as well as Canadian and U.S. universities also take in the showcase tournament.
The first game for Pictou County is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against the Saint John Vitos.
On Friday they play College Claretain Graal (Quebec) and Saturday against the U17 team at Ontario Hockey Academy. MacLennan said it’s important for players to block out all those scouts in the stands – as much as possible.
“It’s a showcase – and yeah, I get it, everybody on the roster wants to look good – but if you get caught up in that, it can take away from your game.”
He added that his club, in spite of the record of late, is still upbeat.
“We’d rather learn lessons like this in November.
“There is still a good morale, a good energy with our team.”