Weeks Midgets selection process continues into next weekend
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The Weeks Major Midgets continued their selection process for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday night with their fifth practice. The team is taking part in the Nova Scotia Eastlink Early Bird Tournament Sept. 6-8 in Port Hood to help make final cuts.
NEW GLASGOW – Only one player graduated from the Weeks Major Midgets last season, which means up to 19 players could return to the lineup.
Head coach Dave MacIntyre said it’s not that simple.
“Realistically the last few spots are up for grabs and there are a number of guys fighting for those positions,” he said. “Nothing is etched in stone by any means. From a second year guy’s perspective will he be on the team – it’s not guaranteed. We have a lot of good young guys out that have come up through bantam and at the end of the day we’re hosting Atlantics so we’re going to take the best guys on the ice whether it’s first or second year guys.”
He said that has been made clear by not only the coaching staff, but by the number of hard-working players on the ice. MacIntyre said the tempo of the practices has been high with everyone fighting for roster spots.
“As a player you know when you look around the ice there are a lot of good guys out here,” he said. “If you do the math you can only take 20, so they know how many guys will have to go. The compete level is there because of that and guys aren’t taking things for granted.
“We want it to be a hard decision and at the end of the day we have to do what’s best for the organization and see what kid fits best in what role.”
Already the team has made cuts, but there are about four to five forwards, a few defencemen and a few goalies left to cut. He said the team is currently also waiting to see what players will be returning from junior camps, which should be known by the end of next week.
“We already found out that we’re not getting one guy (Denver Lynds) back already, but at the end of the day we’re about moving guys forward and helping them move on in their careers,” said MacIntyre. “It hurts us as a team, but it’s great for the organization and great for the kid that he’s moving on.”
With the team hosting the best major midget teams in the Atlantic provinces in April that is what they will be building towards. When asked what he thinks of the team this early in the process MacIntyre said he likes the amount of effort they’re putting in.
“I’d say I’m happy to the extent that we look like we’re going to have a more competitive team and guys are working hard – we’re going to be a hard-working, blue-collar team,” said MacIntyre. “We aren’t going to put 10 goals up on the board by any means, but we’re going to be very strong in our own end and we’re going to work teams every night so that they know when they’re playing us it’s going to be a tough game.”
With the lone graduate from last year’s Weeks squad being captain Darryl Wheadon the coaching staff will need to select a new captain for this season. MacIntyre said the decision wouldn’t be made until after the Nova Scotia Eastlink Early Bird Tournament Sept. 6-8 in Port Hood.
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