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NOJHL preseason preview: Rayside-Balfour Canadians

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Release Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

NOJHL preseason preview: Rayside-Balfour Canadians

SUDBURY, Ont. – No stranger to the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Dave Clancy is back to lead the Rayside-Balfour Canadians as both the club’s head coach and general manager.

Having spent the past few seasons on the coaching staff of the Laurentian University Voyageurs men’s program in the OUA, the long-time hockey man in the Greater Sudbury area will look to use his experience and expertise in Rayside-Balfour’s quest to once again return to be among the NOJHL’s elite.

The following is a preseason preview on the Rayside-Balfour Canadians:

RAYSIDE-BALFOUR CANADIANS

Head Coach/GM – Dave Clancy

NOJHL: What’s in store for the squad in the coming days?

DAVE CLANCY: To give you a quick update on the team, we are getting close to hitting the ice for our main camp which will be starting August 23rd. We currently have committed to 10 forwards, four defenceman and one goaltender.

NOJHL: Give us a few comments on how the base of the returning core is coming along.

DC: The team is very excited with the way the returning players have been working out during the summer and are looking to take a leadership role on the team. A couple of returning players who have impressed our staff with their play on the ice during our spring skate were Dan Lepage and Matt Neault, who both showed up in great shape and looked to be leaders.

NOJHL: Are there any new players that have caught the attention of the coaching staff?

DC: The team is very excited about a couple of new recruits. The staff was happy with the way 18-year-old forward Noah Serre competed for a position on the team. Defenceman Andre Frappier also showed he has what it takes to play at this level.

NOJHL: What are your expectations for this year’s team?

DC: I expect that this team will have a lot of speed and will be fun to watch. All the forwards are excellent skaters and have the ability to score goals. We are happy with the four defenceman we’be signed.

NOJHL: What are some of the areas you are looking to build on heading into 2016-17?

DC: We are still looking for at least two older defenceman who are able to help lead some of the younger players’ development.  Our goaltending is a work in progress, but I am sure we’ll have a good group of goalies attending our main camp.

NOJHL: What goals have you set for the Rayside-Balfour Canadians this season?

DC:  As always our main goal is to be able to compete for the league championship and help our players advance to the next level of hockey.

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