NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Crushers hope to have a plan in place by early September to transfer the season ticket holders’ seats for their MHL games to the Pictou County Wellness Centre in November.
Crushers’ president Wade Taylor said the team received the Wellness Centre’s seating plan recently is working on how the seats will be awarded for Crushers’ season ticket holders once the team moves into the centre for its home games when it opens in mid-November.
“We’re currently evaluating the best way to get it done,” he said. “We’ll have this figured out by Sept. 1. We want to make it as seamless as possible and minimize potential issues.”
The team’s season ticket sales is proceeding while the Crushers prepare to open their regular season September at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium. Their first home game is Sept. 13, while their first home game at the Wellness Centre could be as early as Nov. 22.
Meanwhile, the Crushers have made some trades as they prepare to open their pre-season camp Friday at the Stadium.
They obtained the rights to defenceman Patrick Harrison from the Ontario Junior Hockey League team in Kingston for future considerations Thursday.
“He’s a 20-year-old defenceman who plays a two-way game,” Crushers’ coach and general manager Jason Malone said.
Malone said he expects up to 50 players in camp but was not sure if Harrison would arrive in time for the Crushers’ first day.
“We’re still working that out,” he said.
Harrison’s acquisition follows two previous ones in July.
They dealt Connor LeBlanc to the Metro Shipbuilders July 5 and in a separate deal July 18 sent the rights to Steven MacInnis and Steven MacAuley to the Summerside Western Capitals for a sixth round pick obtained from the Bridgewater Lumberjacks and future considerations.
“It depends on how many players are in major junior camps,” he said.
Malone was in Moncton last Friday watching players who were with the Crushers last season and got invitations to workout with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Recent territorial picks – Darryl Wheadon from last year and Mark Vokey and Cody Johnson from this year – are among those attending camp.
“They’re looking forward to camp,” he said.
“It will be a good experience for them.”