McDonald looking forward to a fresh start with Crushers

Christopher Cameron
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Pictou County announced acquisition from Dieppe on Monday

NEW GLASGOW – Justin McDonald was looking for a change of scenery both on and off the ice, an opportunity he will get with the Weeks Crushers next season.

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NEW GLASGOW – Justin McDonald was looking for a change of scenery both on and off the ice, an opportunity he will get with the Weeks Crushers next season.

The Moncton native and 20-year-old defenceman spent his last three seasons with the Dieppe Commandos, where he posted 17 goals and 46 assists in 125 regular season games. Monday the two teams announced the trade that sends McDonald to Pictou County for a third round pick in 2014, fourth round pick in 2015 and future considerations.

“I found out a couple of weeks ago and my first reaction wasn’t that I was shocked, more ‘oh, this will be a great opportunity,’” he said. “I’m excited. I needed a fresh start. This will be my first time living away from home for a long period of time, so I’m looking forward to the changes both on and off the ice.”

Last season McDonald helped his team make the Kent Cup, which they lost in Game 6 to the Truro Bearcats. He said he hopes to bring some of the lessons he learned last season with him to the Crushers.

“What I bring is that I just don’t give up,” said McDonald. “It’s one of those leagues that any team can go to the top. It’s not always about what the team looks like on paper. Teamwork and coming together is what it needs to be about, not individuals. I want to come in, be a leader and help the team be successful.”

One of the reassuring factors when he found out about the trade was the positive things he has heard about the organization from Brandon Thibeau. He said they’ve discussed the team in the past and he enjoyed the atmosphere and facility when Dieppe was in town.

On the ice, the 6’0 blue-liner said his puck movement and ability to break out of his zone is what makes him effective, on top of his ability to control the blue-line on the power play.

“As far as roles go, I’m just going to treat it like a new team,” he said. “On the ice I’m going to play my game and not try to do too much. If I play my game it will all fall into place.”

 

christopher.cameron@ngnews.ca

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Geographic location: Pictou County, NEW GLASGOW, Moncton

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