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Major midget Knights Hungry and ready to learn

Forward Gabe Hartlen listens to a drill during a Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights practice at MacLauchlan Arena. The major midget team opens the regular season tonight by hosting the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild.
Forward Gabe Hartlen listens to a drill during a Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights practice at MacLauchlan Arena. The major midget team opens the regular season tonight by hosting the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild. - Jason Malloy

Charlottetown squad begins first season tonight on home ice

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A new era begins tonight as the rebranded Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights play their first game of the regular season.

The Knights, previously known as the Pride, host the rival Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild at 7 p.m. at MacLauchlan Arena to open the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League regular season.

“It’s a new beginning that we’re very excited about,” head coach Luke Beck said Thursday.

It will be a new-looking team that hits the ice for the home side and not just in terms of the uniforms they are wearing. Max Chisholm is the lone holdover from a team that went 2-1-1-0 as the host team at last year’s Atlantic championship.

“We’re excited with our team,” Beck said. “They want to compete every night. That’s been quite evident in our practices over the last couple of weeks. Guys are hungry to make their impact on our team and in the league right away.”

With so many new faces, it will take some time for the leadership group to be announced, but Beck likes the makeup inside the Knights dressing room.

“If you look up and down our lineup, you’ll see guys that were captains on their various teams last year or in the past,” he said. “We feel we have guys that are ready to compete at this level. We’re not worried about the age of our group. We’re (focused on) building our identity, building our structure and giving the kids an opportunity to show who they are as players and not worry about any of the outside noise.”

There’s a strong influence from last year’s Central Attack bantam team that had strong showings throughout the region. Seven of the Attack are on this year’s Knights squad.

Beck said they are fortunate to have strong ownership in Jamie Blanchard, who has brought together a respected group of board members to support the franchise.


Roster

A look at the Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights roster for the 2019-20 major midget hockey season.

Name                   Birth year     Last Year’s Team

Goalies

Forward Max Chisholm prepares to take a pass during Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights practice at MacLauchlan Arena.
Forward Max Chisholm prepares to take a pass during Charlottetown Bulk Carriers Knights practice at MacLauchlan Arena.

Jack Howatt             2004         Central Attack (bantam)

Aiden Williams          2003         Western Regals (midget AAA)

Defencemen

Landon MacDonald   2004         Central Attack (bantam)

Colby MacDonald      2003         The Mount Academy

Will Smith                   2004         Ontario Hockey Academy

Nick Reeves              2004         Central Attack (midget)

Marshall Gallant       2004         The Mount Academy

Will Morrison             2004         Central Attack (bantam)

Gage Taylor              2003         Newbridge Academy

Forwards

Bates Ling                2004         Central Attack (bantam)

Josh Lund                2003         Central Attack (midget)

Simon Hughes         2004         Kensington Wild (major midget)

Max Sentner            2005         Central Attack (bantam)

Cole McKeigan         2003         Pownal Red Devils

Jesse Blanchard       2004         The Mount Academy

Avery Brown             2004         Eastern Express

John MacKinnon       2003         Central Attack (midget)

Nolan Stewart          2004          Eastern Express

Max Chisholm           2003         Charlottetown Pride (major midget)

Colby Huggan           2004         Central Attack (bantam)

Gabe Hartlen            2003         Kings County Kings

Kal White                 2004          Central Attack (bantam)

Head coach Luke Beck said: “They’re hungry. They’re ready to learn. They’re eager.”

Coaching staff

Head coach – Luke Beck.

Assistant coaches – Jason (Frenchie) MacDonald, Ben MacDonald and Parker Ronahan.

Goalie coach – Chris Gallant.


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