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by Brad Aubin
The West Nipissing Lynx are gearing up for another fiercely competitive season as part of the Greater Metro Hockey League (GMHL). This year, which marks their 5th, is shaping up to be their best one yet as President and General Manager Patrick Miron remains committed to his original objective of continually improving both on and off the ice.
“This year [our front office] seems to be more excited than the last few years,” shares Miron. “I’m not sure if we’re just excited about the team, that we see our potential or whatever... but we’re really anxious and ready to take it from where we left it last year.”
Last year was the Lynx’ most successful season to date, as they reached the playoffs and beat the mighty Temiscaming Titans in the first round, pulling off some huge come-from-behind victories.
“After our strong playoff victory, I thought we could’ve maybe taken the Rattlers, but it didn’t go our way. Now we’re ready to prove to everybody that it wasn’t a fluke. We’re looking to prove ourselves,” states Miron.
Key to his confidence is the return of several top players who led to last year’s success story, including top scorer Marcus Blackned, team captain William Michaud, Sam Vigneux, Donovan Rich, Hosea Mamakwa and Justin Gibeault.
“On top of all of these returning faces, we think that our new acquisitions are better suited for our team as well. We also do not have any returning goalies this year, and all of them are new faces to the team. The #1 spot is up for grabs and hopefully these four young men battle hard and earn it. We don’t guarantee games in net but we do guarantee a clean slate for them,” Miron explains.
It’s clear that since the Lynx inception, the team has focused on giving West Nipissing a great product both on and off the ice.
“It’s a trend that we will continue. We’ve said it before, we want improvement year after year. We want to be considered legit both in this community and in the GMHL. That’s it, that’s all. We want to be considered one of the top junior programs in Northern Ontario,” insists Miron.
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