Jr. C clubs in Alliston for annual Hornets tourney, down to
The Alliston Hornets will play the Schomberg Cougars tonight at 6 pm to
open the organization's 6th annual preseason Jr. C tournament at the
New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.
Twelve teams, split into three pools, will all see action tonight on
the two rinks. The Stayner Siskins are the tournament's defending
champs, ending Alliston's run of four straight in last season's event.
The Hornets revenge came in the GMOHL league finals, sweeping Stayner
to win a 5th consecutive league title.
Each of the teams are down to their final cuts and the preseason
tournament will be the final opportunity for those players on the
bubble to impress their coaches.
Alliston will dress 26 players over the weekend - 14 forwards, 10
defence and two goalies. The club expects to pare that down by at least
four by the season opener Thursday night in Schomberg.
The Hornets will start with a core of 13 returning players from last
season's provincial finalist squad. They are:
The off-season also saw Alliston dip into the Barrie AAA pool with key
Ryan Jackson, 17, defense, played Barrie AAA last season,
recently sent back from the Barrie Colts.
Craig Banks, 17, defense from Barrie AAA, attended
Peterborough Petes camp, just released by Lindsay Jr A
Tyler Brindle, 18, goalie, from Barrie AAA
Drake Board, 16, forward from Barrie, a prospect of the
Alex Daley, 17, forward from Barrie AAA
Joe Cochrane, 19, forward from Barrie AA. (His father
played for the Hornets in the early 80s)
Six players still battling for spots on the opening day roster include:
Fred Landry, 18, goalie, played Jr' B last season on East
Jeff Reagan 17, defensemen from Barrie AA
Brandon Alward, 17, forward from Alliston
Brandon Washer, 16, defenseman, North Central AAA
Thomas Exton 20, forward from Alliston
Nic Archibald, 19, forward from Alliston
The Hornets will open play with three on the injured list including:
Ashton Duthie, Out till Mid-November
Blake Stephenson, Out till end of Sept.
Ryan Jackson, Out till mid-Sept.
Lost to overage:
Lost to Jr. A
Cam Nicholl, Wellington
Matt Thompson, Orangeville
Donald O'Dreive, Bradford