Newbridge Academy Midget Prep is very pleased to announce three players that will be returning – Ryan and Evan Nause and Victor Desjardins
Midget Prep Head Coach Matt Anthony is very pleased to announce three players that will be returning. Ryan and Evan Nause, of Riverview, New Brunswick and goaltender Victor Desjardins of Saint-Jerome, Quebec will all be back in action this year.
Ryan is a skilled, two-way defenceman who will be entering his Grade 12 year at Newbridge Academy. In the past, Ryan has represented his province at the U14, U15, and U16 levels in tournament play. Recently, he also attended the main camp of the Chicago Steele of the United States Hockey League, where he certainly turned some heads with his great play. Last year, he was a key cog of the defence core, who has a great shot and can quarterback the power play. This year, he is once again expected to lead a very strong group of defencemen. His goal is to eventually earn a scholarship to play NCAA division I hockey. “Ryan was a huge part of our team last year, and I expect him to take on even more of a leadership role this season. He does a great job keeping his teammates loose off of the ice, and an even better job of holding them accountable on the ice. He is a very, very good player, and as he continues to grow, I fully expect him to keep drawing attention from scouts at the junior and university levels, and myself and Cody are excited to work with him again,” said Coach Anthony.
Evan, Ryan’s younger brother, is also a skilled, two-way defenceman who is an elite skater and will be entering Grade 11 this year at Newbridge Academy. Evan has represented his province at the U14 and U15 levels, and is on the Pre-Tournament Roster for the U16 New Brunswick team that will compete at the Canada Games in January 2019. He also attended the main camp of the Chicago Steele of the United States Hockey League and showcased his unique skill set. As an underage player on last years team, Evan was consistently one of the best players on the ice. He has aspirations of playing professional hockey, and is still open to Major Junior Hockey or the NCAA as either route can help him get where he wants to be . “For anybody who has watched him, there is no doubt that he is an exceptional player; however, what they may not realize is that he is an exceptional student and overall human being. He is one of the most driven individuals I’ve come across in any sport and his hunger to get better really rubs off on his teammates. Although Evan will be our youngest player age-wise this season, he will be counted on to be a leader both on and off the ice, and I know he will thrive in that role. Cody and I are very excited to continue working with him as he continues to develop this season,” said Coach Anthony.
Victor is a very athletic goaltender who enjoys playing the puck and will be entering Grade 12 this year at Newbridge Academy. Victor spent his bantam seasons, as well as his first year midget playing with the Selects du Nord, an elite program in Quebec. Last season, he decided to pursue academic and athletic endeavours by attending Newbridge Academy, where he had a very successful season. Not only is Victor a talented goaltender, but he is also a very strong student. He is a leader amongst his peers and is very well respected throughout the Newbridge community. Victor will be counted on to continue stopping pucks, while being a leader in the classroom. He is looking forward to working with returning goalie coach Brad MacCharles and wants to continue showcasing himself to Junior level and University scouts. “Vic is a great person who always has a smile on his face. He really enjoys life, and his passion for academics and the game of hockey is very evident. He is always there for a teammate who may be having a bad day or struggling with his homework. He is very athletic in the net, handles the puck extremely well, and has the ability to steal games. I’m looking forward to having him between the pipes for us again this season,” said Coach Anthony.
Welcome back Ryan, Evan and Victor!
Quick Q&A with Ryan
Favourite Subject: history
Favourite Hockey player: Erik Karlson
Favourite pre-game meal: chicken parmesan
Favourite off-season activity: training
Quick Q&A with Evan
Favourite Subject: math and science
Favourite Hockey player: Duncan Keith
Favourite pre-game meal: grilled chicken with pasta and tomato sauce
Favourite off-season activity: golf
Quick Q&A with Victor
Favourite Subject: math
Favourite Hockey player: Carey Price
Favourite pre-game meal: chicken fried rice
Favourite off-season activity: boating