OHSWEKEN — Repeating as the Presidents Cup, Sr. B Champions is central in the mind of Six Nations Rivermen coach, Stew Montour as the OLA Sr. B season is just around the corner.
To that end, he is busy going over his options for this year’s squad but there may be very few changes. After all, why fix what is not broken. However, as is the case every new season, there are some who retire, some who move onto Sr. AAA, and others who what to try their hand in a different environment.
These spots will be quickly gobbled up following try-outs, which begin Sunday, April 17, from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., at the Gaylord Powless Arena. There will also be opportunities April 20 and April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Hagersville Arena before the Rivermen Home Opener set for 8 p.m., April 30, at the GPA.
“We will have the bulk of last years team returning,” predicts Montour. “And with St. Catharines folding, there are players whose Sr. B Rights have been acquired through the dispersal draft.”
The Rivermen have selected some very good talent in Goalie Grant Crawly, Travis Hill, Mike Attwood, John Rea and Ian Llord. According to Montour, some of these players might be moved to other teams before the season starts.
“There will be no shortage of talent to choose from,” says Montour. “There are also a good number of overage juniors from the Rebels and the Arrows to consider.”
Behind the bench with Montour will be Jeff Powless and Neil Bomberry.
“I’m very excited about defending the cup this year,” says Montour. “If anything, I think we are going to be very defensively tougher this year.”