Crushers’ owners eye hockey season


New members of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers brain trust say they can’t wait for the season to start.

Head coach Mike Danton and co-owners Scott Burden and Bruce Ryan were introduced on July 2 during a meet and greet session at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

“It’s exciting,” Danton said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity, stepping into a dressing room with a lot of talent, and I’m excited to get things going.” 

Danton said he’s also looking forward to working with general manager Chad McDavid, as well as Burden and Ryan, who officially took over the team before the end of last season.

“We’re all on the same page,” he said. “They know what they’re getting with me.”

He said he also appreciates the people who support the Crushers throughout the MHL season.

“The only way to reward that is to work hard and play well,” he said. “Judging the players we have received (in the recent entry draft and through trades), I think the team has improved. It should make training camp interesting.”

Ryan said he wants to make the most of the opportunity to operate a team in Pictou County and reward its fans.

“We hope to put a good product on the ice and people in the seats,” he said. “The draft went well. We got a couple of guys we wanted, and we were happy with our picks.”

Burden said he’s followed the careers of many of the players currently on the Crushers’ roster.
“I may be overly optimistic, but I think we have a really good team,” he said. “We know a lot of the kids from when they were five years old.”

Burden said he was impressed with how the Crushers mounted a striking comeback from a slow start before faltering down the stretch and missing the playoffs.

“They were a little older and a little strong than us,” he said. “We’re about a 19 and 20 (year-old) team. That’s a team that wins.”

The Crushers will host the Truro Bearcats on September 5 and will visit them on September 7 in pre-season games.

They will host three straight home games to open their regular season against the Fredericton Red Wings on September 12, the Amherst Ramblers on September 19 and the Truro Bearcats on September 26 and will visit the South Shore Lumberjacks in their first road game on September 28.

Crushers’ head coach Mike Danton stands between co-owners Scott Burden and Bruce Ryan during a meet and greet to introduce them to the area. (Goodwin photo)