The Newbridge Academy Midget Prep team is pleased to announce the following three players: Matt Helpard, Ethan Pearson, and Turner Mombourquette
First up is Matt Helpard, who is from Steep Creek, Nova Scotia, who will be entering grade 12 this year at Newbridge Academy. Matt played Major Bantam with the Nova X-Men and will be playing his third season with the Midget Prep team this season. He is a fantastic skater and an extremely reliable defensive defenceman. He was also selected by the Yarmouth Mariners in the 2018 Maritime Hockey League Entry Draft. He is excited to return to Newbridge and compete for championships once again. “Matt is a young man who always has a smile on his face, but is also a fearless competitor. He is a great teammate and is constantly working on getting better. He blocks more shots in a game than most guys block in a season, and he is the first guy to stand up for his teammates. It’s been a pleasure coaching him for the past two seasons, and I’m looking forward to another great season with him,” said Head Coach Matt Anthony.
Next up is Ethan Pearson, who is from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and will be entering grade 11 this year at Newbridge Academy. Ethan is a goaltender who played two years of Major Bantam with the Fredericton Blues, capped with an Atlantic Championship in 2017. Last season, he suited up with the Newbridge Academy Major Midget team and posted extremely good numbers and was stellar between the pipes all season. He has also represented his province at the U15 and U16 levels, and his play led to him being drafted by both the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the QMJHL, and the Amherst Ramblers in the MHL. “Ethan is a top notch goaltender, no question about it. He is a very smart kid, who has very high hockey IQ which enables him to make great reads out there on the ice. He is very calm in the net, and also very athletic. He is also a proven winner, and I am very excited to have him playing with our group this season. I believe that he and Vic (Desjardins) will push each other all season and we have an extremely talented duo tending goal for us this season,” said Anthony.
Next up is Turner Mombourquette, who is from Lantz, Nova Scotia, and will be entering grade 11 this year at Newbridge Academy. Turner is a versatile player who can play both forward and defence, but will be suiting up primarily as a forward this season. He played two years of Major Bantam with the Truro Bearcats before suiting up with the ChiroCare Kings of the NS Midget AAA league last season. Turner, a former Newbridge program student, is excited to return to Newbridge this year to play within the varsity program. “I have known Turner as a student and a hockey player for a long time. Despite being undersized, Turner has always been successful both in the classroom and on the ice. He has good hockey sense and understands how to make plays out there. He also has good puck skills, and I love the fact that he is so versatile and able to play multiple positions,” said Anthony.
Welcome to Matt, Ethan, and Turner!