November 2, 2011
Dawson Creek Daily News
The Dawson Creek Canucks will have a core group of snipers back in the line-up this year along with some dedicated veteran grinders, a few former Junior Canucks and a handful of newcomers who have caught on with the senior men’s hockey team.
"Right now we have about 18 players penciled in, and we would like to get it up to about 20,” said Canucks president Aman Sandhu. “We have a young roster. About five Juniors have moved up. It is a young team. We don’t have muscle, but we have scoring power. We are fast, and have good goaltending.”
Some of that speed will come from players such as Colter MacLean, Lewis Weaver or Jason Higson who played with the Junior Canucks last season but “aged out” or opted to join the senior team. On the back end, former Beaverlodge Blade Lincoln Carrier and former Junior Canuck Alex Gauvreau will be in net.
Chris Stevens, last season’s North Peace Hockey League MVP, will again be wearing the Canucks’ colours, but Tyrell Mason, the league’s 2010-11 most valuable defenceman, has moved to Grande Prairie and won’t be playing for the Canucks this season. However, Adam Loncan, who won the league’s top defenceman award two seasons ago, is expected to provide some steady leadership on the blue-line.
The Canucks have picked up Jeff Taylor, who played with the Canucks several years ago and moved away but has since moved back. As well, there are four or five players who are working in the area and wanted to join the team.
“There are about five guys who are from all over – Prince Rupert, Kelowna, Quebec – who have just shown up in the last couple of weeks and it sounds like they are going to play, and they are all skilled players,” said Canucks executive member Sheldon Wilkinson.
The team couldn’t find a coach so will use a player-coach system that will see Loncan and Jason Stark fill the dual roles.
“They have taken a leadership role,” explained Sandhu. “We hunted for a coach and didn’t come up with anyone, and the boys really stepped up and said they would take care of it and that is the way we are going.”
The Canucks open the NPHL season Thursday (Nov. 3) when they host the Hythe Mustangs