The Newbridge Academy Midget Prep team is happy to announce four more players for the 2018-2019 season
Returning players Kurtis Lang, Cameron Gale, and Kyle Lynch, along with incoming recruit Matt Spence.
First up is Kurtis Lang who is from Hubbards, Nova Scotia, and will be entering grade 11 this year at Newbridge. He is a skilled centreman who has spent the past two years in the varsity program, one with the Major Midget team and one with the Prep team. Last season, Kurtis, who stands at 6’4, posted 71 points in 55 games and played a key role in the teams’ success. He has great hands and an excellent hockey IQ, which also led to him being drafted by the Yarmouth Mariners of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. One of Kurtis’ biggest achievements to date is that he was chosen to play in the ECEL All-Star games the past two years at Harvard and Yale, respectively. “I have known Kurtis for a long time now and he is a quiet and well mannered young man off the ice, but is an ultra competitor on the ice. He has high-level hockey sense, is a good skater, wins faceoffs- really he is Mr. Everything out there. He is also extremely responsible defensively and can be counted on in all situations. He will continue to develop this year in the classroom, on the ice, and in the weight room, and I’m looking forward to working with him again this season!” said Head Coach Matt Anthony.
Next up is Cameron Gale. Cameron is from Enfield, Nova Scotia, and will be entering his grade 12 year at Newbridge. Cameron is the last remaining member of our original varsity class, as he spent two years with the Major Midget program and last season with the Prep team. Cameron is a very responsible, two-way forward who posted 30 points in 55 games last year, while anchoring the penalty killing unit. He is also a model student-athlete and is very strong academically. Cameron will be counted on to once again show his leadership abilities both on the ice and in the classroom. “I have known Cam since he was 12 years old and he is a top notch young man. On the ice he is an effortless skater and has a great stick and a unique ability to make life hard on opposing players in the defensive end. Off the ice he is as low-maintenance as they come and he is very well liked by his teammates, peers, and the staff at Newbridge. This will be his fourth year in our varsity program and I’m once again looking forward to coaching him” said Coach Anthony.
Next up is Kyle Lynch, who is from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Kyle is another skilled, two-way defenceman who will be entering Grade 11 this year at Newbridge Academy. Kyle has represented his province at the U15 and U16 levels and was recently selected by the Memorial Cup Champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL this past June. Last season, Kyle played a key role on the blue line for Olivier Filion’s Major Midget. The 6’5 right-shot defenceman is a good skater for such a big frame, and has fantastic puck-handling skills, which make him the complete package. He is also a good student who has a calm, kind demeanour off the ice, but plays a very physical game on the ice. He recently attended training camp in Bathurst and aspires to either play in the QMJHL one day, or to play NCAA Division I hockey. “Having gotten to know Kyle last year, I know that he is both kind and genuine, but also driven and motivated. He is a mature kid for his age, and understands that this is a process: a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s difficult for kids of that age to grasp that concept. In terms of his on-ice play, I could not be more excited to have him on my squad this season. He is a big, mobile, skilled defenceman who has a thirst to get better every day. I expect him to make the transition from Major Midget to Prep, and really be a heavily relied upon piece of our team this season”, said Coach Anthony.
Finally, we are pleased to welcome Matt Spence, who is from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia and will be entering grade 12 at Newbridge Academy. Matt has played the past two years with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. Last season, he finished third in team scoring with 24 points in 35 games. He was also selected this past June in the Maritime Hockey League Entry Draft by the South Shore Lumberjacks. Matt is a big, strong winger with offensive touch around the net, and will certainly strengthen our forward group overall. He is excited to join his new teammates and play in the US in front of different NCAA schools, while also receiving a top notch education in his graduation year. “I have watched Matt play many times both in bantam and in midget, and he brings a lot of different elements to the table. He is a big, strong young man, but he is also a good skater. He plays a physical style which makes life hard on opposing defenders, but he also has some great offensive tools and can contribute that way as well. Overall, he is a very versatile player who will play a big role for us this season, and I am excited to add him to our lineup”, said Coach Anthony.