Eval­u­a­tion turns to prepa­ra­tion

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - Gerry Hale

At some point soon, eval­u­a­tion must be re­placed with prepa­ra­tion.

This is not unique to any MHL team. Qual­ity prospects make fi­nal de­ci­sions tougher, tak­ing more time, ob­vi­ously, than ini­tial ones.

The Bearcats’ first week of train­ing camp was a good one. Op­ti­mism and com­pete level were high, mak­ing the num­ber de­serv­ing plenty of looks high as well.

Num­bers were re­duced lead­ing into the first round of ex­hi­bi­tion play. With school start­ing this week, it was not wise to keep the full crop of prospects.

In the win over South Shore, nine first-year ju­niors had the op­por­tu­nity to show their game. They were joined by nine re­turnees and a pair of off-sea­son ac­qui­si­tions.

The first im­pres­sion was a good one. Size, speed and com­pete level were words heard around the rink – all favourable.

Sun­day, the lineup was shuf­fled to af­ford op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue the eval­u­a­tion process. This group ex­pe­ri­enced over­time play.

This week, the Bearcats have a pair of ex­hi­bi­tion games against the Pic­tou County Crush­ers. They are in New Glas­gow, tonight for a 7 p.m. start, and re­turn to the RECC on Satur­day for a 7 p.m. start.

Both teams will be get­ting closer to a ros­ter which will start league play late next week. The tran­si­tion to prepa­ra­tion is mov­ing into full swing.

New­com­ers on both sides will be made aware of this old ri­valry, if they al­ready haven’t heard. It doesn’t take much to re-kin­dle it.

The Crush­ers’ new own­er­ship be­came of­fi­cial last April; they have a new coach; and, they re­turned high num­bers. They sound ready to go.

For sure, the deeper into camp, the more mean­ing­ful the op­por­tu­ni­ties to show your game. Fi­nal­iz­ing a ros­ter and grow­ing your game are the next steps.

The Bearcat goal is to ice a com­pet­i­tive team, make the playoffs, then see what hap­pens. That’s a plan that hasn’t failed them in 22 years.

Bearcat sea­son ticket hold­ers are re­minded tick­ets are now avail­able at the RECC, or on­line at tick­et­pro.ca and truro­jrabearcat­s.ca. On open­ing night, a draw will be made – one sea­son ticket holder will re­ceive a women’s world ticket pack­age (13 games at the RECC).

Catch the ex­hi­bi­tion game this Satur­day at the RECC. Gerry Hale is pres­i­dent and me­dia re­la­tions co-or­di­na­tor of the Truro

Bearcats ju­nior A hockey team.

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