Although nothing has happened on the ice, it has been a busy summer for the Strait Pirates.
“We have been working every day to make the team better,” first-year head coach Taylor Lambke said in an Aug. 16 interview.
That ‘we’ Lambke referenced includes general manager Tim MacMillan and assistant general manager Brad Raike.
Part of their work has been rounding out Lambke’s coaching staff, which will include a familiar face – both on the ice and behind the bench – to Pirate fans.
Kenny Wood, a Mulgrave native, will be one of the assistants under first-year head coach Taylor Lambke.
The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (NSJHL) organization announced the rest of its bench staff in an Aug. 15 press release.
That announcement said Wood, who served as an assistant for the previous three seasons, will provide “an experienced hand, when it comes to knowledge of the league and its players.”
The trio of Pirate assistants will be rounded out by Karol Boldis and Jesse MacLean.
Boldis, a native of Slovakia, played goal for a handful of junior teams, before moving to Nova Scotia, where he has been an assistant coach for the SAERC Saints in recent seasons.
MacLean, from Whycocomagh, comes from the Mabou-based Dalbrae Dragons, a successful Division 2 program in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation.
“We are pleased to have added some important pieces to our coaching staff,” Pirate general manager Tim MacMillan said, in the release.
Although the process took “a little longer than we thought,” Lambke said it was worth it.
As for who will don the Pirate colours, Lambke said the organization has had a “really good summer,” when it comes to recruiting.
“Young and exciting,” he added, when it comes to forwards, when asked about the make-up of the roster.
There will be returning defensemen, while Matthew Stymest is expected, once again, to anchor the goaltender position.
“We have a good mix,” Lambke said of the new and returning player combination.
He added the organization is “always looking,” when it comes to roster additions.
Getting on the ice
The Pirates will open training camp Sept. 2.
“We are ready to roll,” Lambke said.
They will be on home ice for the first time, Sept. 9, when they host the Kameron Miners at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
The Pirates will drop the puck on the NSJHL regular season, at home, against the defending league champion Pictou County Scotians Sept. 15.
Time to camp
The Pirate organization will also host a kids’ skills camp, from Sept. 8 to 10.
“We are excited,” Lambke said of the conditioning camp, which will include novice, peewee and bantam level players.
“It is going to be high intensity.”
To register, email [email protected] and get more details on the Strait Pirates Junior Hockey Club Facebook page.