STELLARTON – A new era has dawned on the Pictou County Major Bantam team.
It will be called the WearWell Major Bantams as it prepares for the 2016-17 season in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.
“It feels great,” WearWell Garments Ltd. president Stirling MacLean said as he formally announced the sponsorship on May 17 alongside Jeff Green, who remains the team’s head coach and Jon Sim, who assumes the role of operations manager for the Major Bantams while remaining head coach of the Pictou County Peewee AAA team.
“It’s the right thing to do,” MacLean said. “I’m sure (Green and Sim) are going to build a great team. We have a legacy of putting out great teams. My dad coached hockey and moved up to junior. I’m competitive in business and in the game. It’s something I really enjoy and love – seeing kids have fun. We want people to come out and see them play. This is the start of a great brand. This is the brand we want to create.”
WearWell replaces Scotsburn, who sponsored the program since it was founded in 1983.
“I was looking for a sponsor and I think I’ve found one to get the program back to the highest peak,” Sim said. “When the opportunity came to run a team, I jumped at it. You have to surround your team with good people and good things happen.”
The announcement came as the Major Bantams were completing its annual spring camp that will help the team pare its roster to 25 players heading into the pre-season camp in August.
“It’s a great opportunity to change the culture of the program, a chance to develop players to challenge for the league championship,” Green said. “It’s not going to happen in one season.”