CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Major Bantam “AAA” Hockey League is set to begin another exciting season. The 2019-20 league opener will be played in Charlottetown at the Bell Aliant Centre on Thursday, October 03 at 6:30 pm. The League opener will feature last year’s finalists; Island champs Central Attack and runner-up Eastern Express.
Here is a breakdown of how the 4-team league will shape up for this season:
The Central Attack will be looking to defend its title for a second year. Coaches KJ White, Chris Hedefine, and Jeff Squires are excited about this year’s team. Returning from last year’s Provincial Champions are defensemen Luke Coughlin and Nathan Mossey. New additions to the defence are Jack Rowell (Mid Isle Matrix), Connor Pierce (Eastern Express) and Finn Morris (Mount Academy) while Jack MacKinnon comes up from the Sherwood Peewee “AAA” team to round out the experienced blue line. Thomas MacAdam from last year’s Bantam “AA” league and Ethan Clark from Sherwood Peewee “AAA” team will share the goaltender duties. On offense, the Attack will rely on second year player’s Brett Arsenault, Cameron Squires, and Max Sentner to lead the front end with the help of Brennan Murphy coming from the Mid Isle Matrix. The addition of players from the Bantam “AA” league includes Alex Keoughan, Landon Perry, and Victor Steele. First year players Thatcher Hughes and Easton Fitzpatrick will also look to make a very balanced Attack line up.
The Eastern Express will be looking for a lot of energy and enthusiasm from an experienced roster. The forward group is led by veterans Will Landry, James Wood, Caleb MacDonald, Josh Burgess, and Ross Campbell. Newcomers include: Dawson Sharkey, Mason Power, Owen MacPherson, Keegan Arsenault, Jude Campbell, and Evan Nicholson who join the mix and look to make an impact. The defence group is made up of Michael Kiley, Cam Walsh, Ryan Steadman, and Harry Clements, along with first year players Justin Smith and Matthew MacLean. They will be looking for some solid goaltending from the duo of Jackson MacDonald and Tanton Wooldridge.
The Prince County Warriors are eager for a rebound season after an early exit in last year’s playoffs, all while sporting a sharp new look! The Warriors assistant coaches Chas McNeill and Conner Dillon, along with goalie coach Luke Oliver confirmed that this year’s tryout camp, “…was the toughest Warriors team to pick to date.” With a strong group of returning players, along with some great second year additions, topped off with some top Island talent graduating from Peewee “AAA” into the Major Bantam League, the Warriors will look for a balanced attack focused on speed and toughness.
The Mid Isle Matrix are looking for a rebound season this year and ahead to positive results. With only four returnees from last season, there is plenty of excitement with the revamped roster. Returning players will be leaned on to lead the new group with their playing habits and positive attitudes. There was a lot of competition for roster spots so the staff expect to build on the competitiveness and work ethic established during that time.
To learn more about the PEI Major Bantam Hockey League, visit www.peibantamaaa.com or contact League Coordinator, Sandra Jamieson at 902-940-3241.
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