It’s ‘Go’ time

Recog­ni­tion, cham­pi­onship cel­e­bra­tion tak­ing place be­fore Bearcats home opener tonight

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The Truro Bearcats hit the ice tonight for their home opener and are out to de­fend their MHL cham­pi­onship crown.

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Spe­cial pre-game cer­e­monies will be part of the Truro Bearcats Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League home opener tonight.

Prior to Truro’s game against the St. Stephen Aces, the Bearcats will hon­our two men who have re­tired from their po­si­tions with the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter 20 years of ser­vice.

Pres­i­dent Keith MacKen­zie and statis­ti­cian Harold Bark­house will be rec­og­nized by the team be­fore puck drop, which is slated for 7 p.m. at the Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

“Keith and Harold have been with us a long time and are well­known men through­out the sport­ing com­mu­nity here in our town,” said Bearcats coach and gen­eral man­ager Shawn Evans. “And I know they’ve done a lot for the Bearcats, and per­son­ally, they’ve done a lot for me over the years. I know they wont be far away but their con­tri­bu­tions from my end, they’lll be missed.”

The Bearcats will also cel­e­brate last year’s Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League cham­pi­onship sea­son dur­ing a pre-game cer­e­mony. Last April, the Bearcats de­feated the Mi­ramichi Tim­ber­wolves in a thrilling seven-game fi­nal to win their fourth league ti­tle.

Nate Leger, a for­ward for the Bearcats in 2016-17, will rep­re­sent the team and carry the MHL cham­pi­onship tro­phy in to the Com­mu­nity Credit Union Arena.

“There will be a mo­ment there that’s very nice but it will only be a mo­ment, then it’s time to move on,” said Evans.

“Some­times the home open­ers can be tricky…amongst all the ex­cite­ment, we’ve got to be able to find a way to con­cen­trate on the game.”

The Bearcats opened their 21st sea­son in the MHL with a road game last night against the Yar­mouth Mariners.

Prior to the con­test, Evans named al­ter­nate cap­tains. Full­time al­ter­nates are de­fence­men Mark O’Shaugh­nessy and for­ward Dy­lan Bur­ton, while de­fence­men Tyler Pyke and Ri­ley Baggs will split the role at home and on the road.

For­ward Camp­bell Pickard was named cap­tain of the team last week.

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Mark O’Shaugh­nessy, a 20-year-old de­fence­man from West Van­cou­ver, B.C., has been named an al­ter­nate cap­tain of the Truro Bearcats.

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