Home opener Satur­day at the RECC

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOEY SMITH

Shawn Evans has laid out sim­ple goals for his hockey club and none of them in­volve long-term think­ing.

“You don’t put the cart be­fore the horse, and I’ve al­ways been a guy who says, ‘let’s get bet­ter every day and let’s learn as we go,’” said Evans, head coach and gen­eral man­ager of the Truro Bearcats.

The Bearcats will be­gin to prac­tice those prin­ci­ples tonight when they open de­fence of their Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League ti­tle with a road game against the Yar­mouth Mariners.

On Satur­day, Truro plays its home opener against the St. Stephen Aces at the Rath-East­link Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats en­ter the new sea­son with a vet­eran de­fen­sive corps that in­cludes five blue­lin­ers who were part of last year’s cham­pi­onship team. Up front, the lineup is dot­ted with eight new faces.

“We have some re­turn­ing play­ers that had some suc­cess last year, and, es­pe­cially at for­ward, we have a lot of kids that have made train­ing camp re­ally fun,” said Evans. “I think the fans are

go­ing to see those new kids are com­ing in all shapes and sizes and are dif­fer­ent types of play­ers.”

Two of those new faces are lo­cal for­wards Gavin Hart and Gavynn Carter.

Hart, a 16-year-old from Bi­ble Hill, was a ter­ri­to­rial se­lec­tion of the Bearcats. He comes to the team af­ter be­ing a late cut by the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads of the Que­bec

ma­jor ju­nior league.

“He’s a grow­ing, young player that has a lot of po­ten­tial,” said Evans. “He wants to be a hockey player, but at every level you’ve got to prove your­self and this is the next step from midget hockey and we’ll all be cheer­ing for him in our com­mu­nity.”

Hart, five-foot-six, 165-pounds, scored 19 goals and added 21 helpers in 36 games last sea­son with the Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets.

Carter, an 18-year-old from Cam­den, was a pleas­ant sur­prise dur­ing train­ing camp and made the team as a walk-on.

“He’s not go­ing to skill any­body to death out there; he’s just an hon­est hockey player,” Evans said. “He came to camp in shape, he keeps his mouth shut and he shows up every day, and he’s go­ing to get an op­por­tu­nity.”

Carter played for Dart­mouth Steele Subaru last sea­son and had three goals and nine as­sists in 37 games.

Be­tween the pipes, 20-yearold Kevin Re­sop, who played three sea­sons with the Moose­heads, will be the Bearcats’ starter.

“He comes with ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s big, he’s calm and I can al­ready see he’s a quiet leader in the dress­ing room,” Evans said. “I ex­pect him to play good, solid goal. He doesn’t have to be our best player, he just has to con­trib­ute, and he’ll do that.”

Alec Mac­Don­ald, of Truro, will serve as the Bearcats backup goal­tender.

“He’s still a young, im­prov­ing goal­tender, and it’s great that he’s a lo­cal boy,” said Evans. “He’s a great kid and he’s got a good guy to work with.”

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Truro’s Alec Mac­Don­ald will team up with Kevin Re­sop to man the pipes this sea­son for the Bearcats. Mac­Don­ald comes to the team af­ter play­ing last sea­son with the Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets.



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