Excitement, momentum building for new Junior hockey team in Sackville

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Head coach hired for Sackville Storm

Andrew Morrison

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Excitement is starting to build as Sackville gets set for a new Junior hockey team to hit the ice at the Tantramar civic centre this fall.

“It’s really coming together now,” said Kevin Phinney, general manager of the recently-formed Junior B Sackville Storm. “It’s an exciting time.”

Phinney said a new head coach was recently appointed for the team and the executive is continuing to try and recruit top-level players for its training camp in September.

Andrew Morrison has been hired to take on the coaching role, a familiar face in the area, having coached at various levels of minor hockey in Sackville for about 20 years as well as with AAA teams in PEI during spring and summer sessions. Morrison has been involved with hockey his entire life, playing from a young age through his childhood years and then switching over to parent and coaching duties as his two sons moved through the ranks. He also has a number of coaches’ training courses under his belt.

Morrison said he feels he is more than ready to take on the head coach position of the new Junior B team.

“I think it will be an exciting challenge,” he said, noting he was approached by a member of the executive to take on the role.

Morrison said his focus will be to put a top-quality, high-class team on the ice, with players from both the local area (town and Mount Allison) and from away. He said he’ll have a better idea of what to expect once training camp gets under way in early September, when 30 to 40 recruits ages 16 to 21 are expected to try out.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of numbers we have and what kind of talent we have,” he said.

Phinney said ever since the news hit that there would be a Junior team making their home at the Tantramar civic centre, there has been a significant amount of interest and support from the entire community.

He said he has been putting together an executive consisting of “positive, high-energy” volunteers and is always on the lookout for more. For more information on getting involved, contact Phinney at 939-0998 or email phinney66@eastlink.ca.

Phinney said he is looking forward to seeing the Sackville Storm become part of the community, both on and off the ice. He anticipates getting the players involved in the community with regular visits to the schools and senior homes. And at the same time, he hopes the home games each Friday night will become a weekly community-oriented event geared toward families.

“I want people to feel like they’re coming to an event, not just a hockey game,” he said. “The rink holds a thousand people; I’d like to fill it. I’d like to see us get as many people out as possible. I think we can do that with a good product.”

The Sackville Storm will compete in the New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League with teams from such areas as Moncton, Cap Pele, Cocagne, Miramichi, Saint John and Fredericton.

Organizations: AAA

Geographic location: Sackville, Tantramar, PEI New Brunswick Moncton Saint John Fredericton

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