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Newly established Cabot Highlanders Minor Midget AAA team announces fall tryouts

The logo for the new minor midget team for the Strait area - the Cabot Highlanders.
The logo for the new minor midget team for the Strait area - the Cabot Highlanders. - Contributed

Port Hawkesbury, N.S. - A new minor midget AAA team established in the Quad Counties is preparing for the 2018-19 hockey season.

The Cabot Highlanders will welcome players aged 15-16 years from the Strait area, Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Canso minor hockey associations.

The Cabot Highlanders are looking forward to an exciting season, with a strong coaching staff on the bench. Head coach Donnie Grant, of Antigonish, spent the 2017-18 season as the head coach of the Newbridge

Academy Major Bantam team. In 2016-17, he was an assistant coach with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Grant previously played two years with the Cape Breton West Islanders in the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League, and three years of junior hockey in the Maritime Hockey League, split between the Antigonish Bulldogs and Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

“I am very excited to join the Highlanders organization,” Grant said. “I am a big supporter of the Nova Scotia Minor

Midget League and look forward to focusing on player development. Having a team based out of Port

Hawkesbury will benefit so many young players in the surrounding area.”

The Cabot Highlanders also welcome David Cusack of Antigonish as assistant coach. Cusack has almost a decade of coaching experience, starting as an assistant coach with the Bantam AA Bulldogs for two seasons, one season with the Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional Royals and then five seasons as the head coach of the Midget AA Bulldogs. Cusack was coach of the year in the Cape Breton league for the 2015 and 2017 seasons.

Tryouts begin Aug, 28 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Try-outs will be a two-phase event with phase one running Aug. 28 to 30. The fee is $100 per player.

For information on the upcoming tryouts, parents/guardians are invited to email

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