Monday, July 31, 2017

Connors Added To Coaching Staff

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced Andrew Connors has joined the team as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. He will also serve as director of the V-Reds Prospects Youth Development Program.

Connors had previously served three seasons as an assistant with the St. Thomas Tommies before holding the same role with former V-Red Josh Hepditch's St. Stephen Aces squad last season.

The UNB graduate will join a staff that includes head coach Gardiner MacDougall, associate coach Rob Hennigar, assistant coaches Brad Good and Charlie Cameron, and goaltending coaches Dan LaCosta and Kyle MacDonald.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

V-Reds Announce Addition Of Pomerleau, LeBlanc

The defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have officially announced their first two recruits of what should be a busy summer - defencemen Tristan Pomerleau and Olivier LeBlanc.

While the addition of Pomerleau has been assumed for a number of weeks now, it is now official. Meanwhile, the recruitment of LeBlanc has been kept quiet up until now, which is more in line with what we have become accustomed to from this coaching staff.

The 6 foot, 172 pound LeBlanc is a former 7th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and 1st round pick of the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). He split his junior career almost evenly between the Sea Dogs and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, serving as team captain for both squads. Overall, the native of Quebec City accumulated 164 points (33 goals, 131 assists) in 291 career QMJHL contests, including a career high of 43 points (10 goals, 33 assists) in 58 games this past season.

With Pomerleau and LeBlanc now in the fold the V-Reds have 7 natural defencemen on the roster for the first time in three seasons. While I am sure they wouldn't hesitate to add another if the right player comes along, one would think that the focus will now turn to trying to replace some of the offense they have lost since last season as well as finding a starting-calibre goaltender to team with Alex Dubeau.