Bearcats Au­coin has an out­stand­ing man­ner

‘It’s pretty cool to be able to play for your home­town team in ju­nior’

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - Lyle Carter Lyle Carter’s sports col­umn ap­pears weekly in the Truro News. If you have a story idea, con­tact him at 902 673-2857.

ere were 835 fans on hand as Truro Bearcats re­turned to home­ice ac­tion last Satur­day night at the Rath Eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

e Mar­itime Hockey League team had de­feated South Shore Lum­ber­jacks 8- 5 the pre­vi­ous night in Bridge­wa­ter in their rst game fol­low­ing the Christ­mas break.

Pos­i­tive com­ments sur­faced be­fore the Bearcats faced off against St. Stephen Aces: there was men­tion of Shawn Bily’s hat­trick and Karter Re­nouf’s twogoal per­for­mance against the Lum­ber­jacks.

Over­all, the mood was good and some fans were over­heard pre­dict­ing that the Bearcats would make it two in a row to start the new year.

With goals quickly com­ing o the sticks of Re­nouf and Bily, the lo­cal team jumped into an early 3-0 lead and went on to post a 3-2 win against an Aces club that bat­tled gamely right un­til the nal whis­tle.

With the two early 2019 vic­to­ries, the Bearcats record stands at 18-10-1-1 good for third place in the Eastlink South Divi­sion. ey are four points be­hind sec­ond­place Amherst Ram­blers and 11 points ahead of fourth­place south shore Lum­ber­jacks.

For this week’s col­umn, it was good to talk to Bear cats rookie de­fence man Marc Au coin.

Pleased with the good start in the new year, Au­coin felt the re­cent break did vol­umes for the team.

“The break we just had was good,” Au­coin, 18, of Val­ley, said. “It was a good men­tal break; we started the sea­son strong and then in De­cem­ber we sort of went on a slide. e break helped us get ready for the se­cond half of the sea­son.”

Hockey fol­low­ers fa­mil­iar with Au­coin may have no­ticed that he has made a change in po­si­tions.

Back in novice hockey I played de­fence,” he said. “ en be­gin­ning with atom hockey I played for­ward right up un­til my third year in midget. It seemed nat­u­ral to play for­ward and then some­thing hap­pened last year in the playo s with Pic­tou (Weeks Ma­jor Mid­gets); be­cause of in­juries we were short on de­fence, I moved back and nished the sea­son as a de­fence­man.”

The con­verted for­ward was think­ing about the de­fence po­si­tion as the 2018-19 sea­son ap­proached, a sea­son that would see him at­tend train­ing camp with the ju­nior A Truro bearcats.

“It was kind of nerve-wrack­ing com­ing into train­ing camp with the Bearcats,” the 2018 Bearcats draft pick said. “I wasn’t sure what was go­ing to hap­pen. I’m re­ally pleased, its played out pretty well, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing ev­ery day to be with the Bearcats team. To come to the rink and work out with these team- mates, I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it. I grew up watch­ing the Bearcats, it’s pretty cool to be able to play ju­nior for your home town team.”

Con­tin­u­ing the in­ter­view, it was easy to be im­pressed by the young player’s out­stand­ing man­ner.

He said a lot when asked about his thoughts as to why some play­ers choose to play top-cal­iber hockey.

“Be­fore play­ing or­ga­nized hockey my dad (Kevin Au­coin) got me into a lit­tle thing called ‘Mon­day Hockey.’ Af­ter that, in mi­nor hockey, I tried to play the top hockey I pos­si­bly could. It’s in­ter­est­ing, there are ath­letes I grew up with, some lost in­ter­est as they went along. Play­ing ju­nior A, you’re with a group of guys who all have the same goal in mind, they care a lot about hockey. We all want to play the top cal­i­bre that we can.”

Play­ing his early hockey in the Truro & Area Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, Au­coin played the 2014-15 sea­son with Truro Bearcats in ban­tam AA. For the next two sea­sons he suited up with New­bridge Academy ( midget), fol­lowed by play­ing last sea­son in ma­jor midget with Pic­tou County.

Au­coin, a 2018 grad­u­ate of CEC, at­tends Dal­housie Agri­cul­tural Cam­pus, tak­ing busi­ness cour­ses. Be­sides his stud­ies, Au­coin had me smil­ing as he shared fur­ther am­bi­tions.

“I also work at Fort Belcher Hol­stein Farm for Al­lan Porter. I nd it very in­ter­est­ing learn­ing about farm­ing and things I had never touched grow­ing up. Clean­ing out calf pens, feed­ing cows, what­ever has to be done, it’s a real good ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Au­coin and the Bearcats host Val­ley Wild­cats Fri­day night. Satur­day night, the Yar­mouth Mariners are in town. Open­ing faceo s for both games are 7 p.m. at the RECC.

Marc Au­coin is a promis­ing 18-year-old rookie de­fence­man with Truro Bearcats of the Mar­itime Hockey League.

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