Home opener in Windsor set for Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
From left, Ben Ross, Matt Lyttle, Dave Phillips, and Sam Ross are among the returning players to the Avon River Rats this year. (Submitted photo)
The Junior C Avon River Rats are back in action with a team stacked with proven playmakers and promising rookies.
It is anticipated the final roster will include at least 20 players, including 10 returning players and some newcomers attending university in the area.
The River Rats will be lead by returning head coach Rick Purcell and assistant coaches Josh Purcell and Evan Greenough.
“The coaching staff will be focusing on player development and getting better each and every game. What the coaches see at this point is an abundance of scoring, grit, hard work and determination with players like Sam and Ben Ross, Dave Phillips and Chuck McNeil. This, combined with the new talent of goal scoring and speed such as Matt Lahey and Jeremy Parker, will provide a great combination to compete in this league,” said River Rats representative Darrell Lyttle, who noted that 35 prospective players tried out for the team.
“The defense will be lead by quarterbacks Matt Lyttle and Corey Dewtie and adding to their skill will be a fresh group of hard working, tough defensemen with great skill.”
He predicts the River Rats will be a top contender in the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey Leaguethis season.
“The team has already competed in the opening league tournament and had a combined record of four wins and one loss, and the loss came in the championship game of the tournament.”
The River Rats will be playing home games out of the Hants County Exhibition Arena in Windsor, with their home opener scheduled for Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Lyttle says hockey fans are in for a show at a River Rats game.
“The exciting part of the River Rats is the number of local payers that play on this team. The fans can truly get behind all our homegrown players,” he said in an e-mail.
“It is great hockey to watch and the management and coaching staff have worked very hard in the off season to ice a competitive team.”
Fans can follow the Avon River Rats as the new season progresses at www.nsjrchl.com.