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Wildcats reflect and look forward

Team president of the Moncton Wildcats, Robert Irving and Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn reflected to the media on Thursday afternoon regarding the past season. Coach Flynn shared with the members of the press, that in his 12 years of being involved in Major Junior hockey in various parts of Canada, he could not have prouder of a team than this years edition of the team. “We battled adversity and injury from the start of training camp up to Tuesday night’s loss to Windsor at the Memorial Cup in Brandon. When you see the grit and determination shown by the Wildcats this year, it shows the kind players we have been able to attract to our organization and win the respect of teams from both the OHL and WHL,” Coach Flynn added.

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The team President described the season as outstanding. He highlighted the accomplishment of the team over its 14 year history. “For the past seven years, we have consistently been the best team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League We have won two President Cups and have been to the Memorial Cup twice in the past five years and have been the best defensive team two years in a row. For the past two seasons we have averaged 102 points. For the first time in League history, three division champions were eliminated by the Wildcats as the captured the President Cup.” He again referred to the organization’s mission of capturing the Memorial Cup, which is the ultimate goal of the franchise.

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The President also commented on the championship final series between Moncton and Saint John describing it as the best supported final in the Wildcats history. “We had six sold out games and could have put 10,000 fans in the stands if the building would have held them. It was a major boost to junior hockey in New Brunswick,” he said.

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Looking ahead, the President pointed out there are a number of questions facing the Wildcats organization. One of the unanswered questions is the unsettled contract with the City of Moncton over the rental of the Coliseum by its major tenant.

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“We have been over a year without an agreement. Without a contract, our situation is uncertain. In two weeks, the Wildcats head to the Q League draft and without out a long term commitment the future remains unclear”, he said.

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With regard to a new arena in the downtown Moncton area, Mr. Irving stated he supports the complex and emphasized there needs to be a high level of communication and commitment to see a new building become a reality.

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