CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —
A pair of commerce interval additions will make their Charlottetown Islanders’ debut tonight.
Ahead Pat Guay and defenceman Braeden Advantage accomplished their 14 days of self-isolation and practised with their new teammates Tuesday on the Eastlink Centre. They are going to each costume tonight when the Isles host the Halifax Mooseheads in Quebec Main Junior Hockey League motion. Sport time is 7 p.m. on the Eastlink Centre.
“I’m fairly excited to lastly get again on the ice and have enjoyable with my new teammates,” Guay mentioned Monday evening. “It’s been lengthy, however I believe I’ve discovered a method to make it go by quicker.”
The Magog, Que., native, who turns 19 on April 29, mentioned he skilled whereas in self-isolation and accomplished extra of his schoolwork as he finally ends up Grade 12 on-line.
Advantage, the not too long ago turned 20-year-old who lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., in the summertime, mentioned he labored out with weights and a stationary bike to assist cross the time in self-isolation.
“It glided by quick,” he mentioned. “I hit the bike on daily basis and saved getting after it, (I’m) simply getting excited to get out of right here and again on the ice with the staff.”
Each have been acquired in separate offers on Jan. 17. The Islanders acquired Guay and a fifth-round choose from the Sherbrooke Phoenix for Justin Gill and the Isles’ first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The Isles then flipped the fifth-round choose to the Gatineau Olympiques for Advantage.
“We actually regarded on the two of them as a package deal deal,” head coach and basic supervisor Jim Hulton mentioned. “We basically used the belongings from the Guay-Gill commerce to go get Braeden.”
Guay was the headline acquisition of the commerce interval for Charlottetown, having been chosen fifth total by Sherbrooke in 2018 and having the potential to play right here for two ½ seasons. He’ll play on a line tonight with Bailey Peach, who was acquired in December from the Phoenix, giving Charlottetown some established chemistry.
However don’t sleep on Advantage’s addition.
“These guys aren’t throw-ins,” Hulton mentioned. “Each he and Sean Stewart are actually, actually good defenceman which can be going so as to add to the depth and high quality of our again finish.”
Hulton mentioned he’s on the lookout for the 2 new additions to get pleasure from tonight.
“You simply hope that the adrenaline and enthusiasm take over. They’re each skilled guys which have been within the league for couple of years,” he mentioned. “They only need to exit and belief their instincts. Their conditioning and timing are going to be off a bit bit, however the one method to get again at it’s to leap into the hearth.”
In their very own phrases
Right here’s how the Charlottetown Islanders’ two new additions described themselves.
• Centre Pat Guay: “I believe (I’m) a sensible participant who likes to win and goes out to compete each evening. I work exhausting each recreation, each observe simply to return out and have success. I’m additionally very aggressive – I do not wish to lose. I need to win, that’s my predominant aim, that’s why I’m right here.”
• Defenceman Braeden Advantage: “I’m a two-way D man and I’m actually cellular. I wish to skate and get in guys’ faces.”
The bench boss is happy to see his staff develop now that it’s all collectively.
“You’re at all times excited to get to the following a part of the method after the commerce deadline, and that’s to formulate the chemistry and the cohesion that you just’re going to want shifting ahead and to combine the brand new guys.”
Each Guay and Advantage have performed with guys who know the Islanders group or are from Prince Edward Island. Guay was teammates in Sherbrooke with former Isles’ blue-liner Xavier Bernard, who reached out after the commerce.
“He texted me and mentioned, ‘You’re going to find it irresistible there. The coaches are enjoyable, the staff is enjoyable and the entire metropolis is enjoyable, too’.”
Advantage performed with UPEI’s Carson MacKinnon and Chris McQuaid, now with the Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals, in Gatineau.
“I’ve solely heard good issues in regards to the Island, and everybody tells me I’m going to find it irresistible, so I’m excited,” mentioned Advantage, who has twin citizenship in Canada and the US and stayed together with his girlfriend within the Gatineau space throughout the Christmas break.
Guay is bilingual and the youngest of 5, together with Nicolas, a former QMJHL star who’s now at UNB, and Alexie, a defenceman in her sophomore season at Boston Faculty. They’ve two older sisters as properly. He mentioned his complete household has been very supportive of him.
The Islanders (14-2-0-0) are atop the league standings with an .875 profitable share and wish to make some noise within the second half.
“It’s a extremely good alternative,” Advantage mentioned of becoming a member of Charlottetown. “I watched the video games on the weekend and I believe staff is absolutely good, so hopefully I can are available in and supply a bit extra assist.”
Goalie Jacob Goobie will get his first begin since Nov. 18. He’s 3-2 with a 3.20 goals-against common.
“Jacob has regarded actually good in observe since we got here again,” Hulton mentioned. “It’s after Christmas in his 17-year-old season, it’s time to step to a different degree, and I believe he’s undoubtedly prepared.”
Nova Scotia refs wanted for recreation
Some officers from Nova Scotia are coming to Charlottetown to work tonight’s Quebec Main Junior Hockey League recreation.
The league doesn’t have sufficient officers in P.E.I. to workers the sport, which has the Charlottetown Islanders internet hosting the Halifax Mooseheads at 7 p.m. on the Eastlink Centre.
“We must carry some referees from Nova Scotia, however they are going to do the identical course of because the staff,” mentioned league spokesman Maxime Blouin.
It contains coming for the sport and returning dwelling after the competition. The league doesn’t have any fulltime officers, however the league is barely bringing referees who’re working from dwelling.