Coach Brandon Benedict Announces Lane George and Ryan Branch as Major Bantam Goaltenders
Newbridge Academy is very excited to welcome Lane George and Ryan Branch as their two goaltenders for the Major Bantam team this season.
“I feel we have a great duo in goal with Lane and Ryan for us this season. They both want to succeed on the ice and in the classroom which is a perfect scenario for them at Newbridge,” said Major Bantam Head Coach Brandon Benedict.
Lane is a grade 9 student from Belnan, Nova Scotia and has many awards to his name so far in his young career, including a top goalie award for Atlantic Provinces. “Lane is a competitor and wants to win games and that’s an example of his work ethic and overall athleticism in his position. He is a very talented goalie and will be a great fit with Ryan this season,” said Coach Benedict
Ryan is from Bathurst, New Brunswick and will also be a grade 9 student at Newbridge Academy. Ryan attended the showcase that the Varsity Hockey Program hosted in May and immediately drew attention from Coach Benedict with his size and his drive to work hard both on and off the ice.
“I watched him in a tournament a couple weeks after the showcase and noticed that in that short time he was already improving. Ryan is 6’6” and I feel he has immense potential because of his height and desire to get better. Ryan’s been working extremely hard off the ice all summer and I fully anticipate for him to be ready in September,” said Coach Benedict.
Newbridge Major Bantams are shaping up very nicely with the addition of Lane and Ryan as our goaltending tandem and the team is looking forward to their exhibition games in PEI on Sept 21.
Welcome Lane and Ryan!
Quick Q&A with Lane
Favourite subject in school: English
Favourite pre-game meal: chicken and potatoes
Favourite thing to do in the off-season: baseball
Favourite hockey player: Carey Price
Quick Q&A with Ryan
Favourite subject in school: science
Favourite pre-game meal: spaghetti
Favourite thing to do in the off-season: golf
Favourite hockey player: Marc-Andre Fleury