Central Ontario Champions ready to defend title
The Lakefield Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Jr. “C” Chiefs of the Ontario Hockey Association are halfway through their training camp and according to Head Coach Tim McCormick the Chiefs are ready and eager to defend last years Championship.
The Chiefs defeated the Uxbridge Bruins in the league final last year but were eliminated by the Picton Pirates in seven games. The Pirates went on to win a Provincial Championship, something that is still fresh in the minds of management, coaches and players of the Chiefs.
“Whenever you don’t win the last game of the year it is disappointing but it is a new year and we take nothing for granted. It will be tough to repeat but we are ready to face that task,” stated McCormick who is in his third year with the Chiefs, second as Head Coach.
Lakefield should not be lacking experience as they will have 13 returning players in their lineup.
“We certainly expect the returnees to lead by example with at least six, possibly seven new faces in our opening night lineup which we will announce after Sundays exhibition game in Clarington,” added McCormick.
Lakefield hosts Little Britain Thursday night and Port Perry Saturday night in Ennismore and completes the exhibition play in Clarington Sunday before moving home to the Lakefield Smith Community Centre.
The Central Division remains the same as last year with Uxbridge, Georgina, Little Britain, Port Perry, and Clarington in the league, however only the top four teams this year will compete in the playoffs.
The Chiefs open their season in Uxbridge Friday, September 27 with their home opener the next night, Saturday, September 28 against the Georgina Ice at 7:30.
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