Familiar faces lead Bruins to season opener on Friday night
by Dylan Jacobsen
With a new coach, and some other familiar faces recently taking over behind the bench, the Uxbridge Bruins are on a roll heading into Friday night’s home opener at The Den against the defending provincial champion Lakefield Chiefs at 7:45 p.m.
During training camp, Andrew Langlands was promoted to head coach, while former players Trevor Cox and Michael Spataro have joined the team as assistant coaches.
The Bruins rolled to a pair of victories last week to finish off the Provincial Junior Hockey League pre-season undefeated in six games played. On Tuesday night, the team travelled to Port Hope and shutout the Panthers 7-0. Back on home ice on Friday night, Uxbridge dominated the Campbellford Rebels, winning by a final score of 12-0.
Although he took over the reins as head coach just a few weeks ago, Uxbridge’s Langlands is very familiar with the organization, having spent time as an affiliate player as a teenager before serving as an assistant coach for four seasons from 2012 to 2016, eventually moving onto a post with the Markham Royals Junior ‘A’ team.
“I’ve coached a lot of these guys over the years, and that has made the transition fairly seamless,” Langlands told the Cosmos.
On the ice, Langlands is hopeful to showcase speed and skill, while maximizing offensive opportunities.
“We’re looking to be a fast team, disciplined and exciting. It’s hard to do that while you’re killing penalties, so we’re going to look to be effective in five-one-five situations and draw more penalties this year to give more opportunities to our offence.”
As well, the team has reached into its past to help guide the future, with Cox and Spataro joining the staff, and looking to restore the prestige of past seasons to the team.
“I’m very excited. My Bruins career started when I was 17, but before that I was going to games in the 1980s when I was 4, 5, 6 years old,” Cox told the Cosmos during a break in his announcing duties during this past weekend’s Uxbridge Fall Fair.
“Playing for the Bruins was a huge deal for me, and we’re going to look to do more to connect with the community and get back to a time when going to a Bruins game on Friday night was the thing to do. I’ve seen first-hand how great it can be when this town embraces the team, and I want that experience for our players.”
The Orr Division schedule will have a slightly different look for the 2018-19 campaign, with the addition of interlock play in the Eastern Conference between the Orr and Tod Division. Each team will play a home-and-home with their rivals to the east, with Amherstview, Campbellford, Gananoque, Napanee, Port Hope and Picton all visiting Uxbridge and the Bruins headed east one time each for these new and intriguing match-ups.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Bruins will make their most easterly trip of the season on travelling to Gananoque for a match-up against the Islanders.
For your convenience, we have listed a few sports organizations contact information.
Uxbridge Swim Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Tennis Club
Phone: (905) 852-2181
Uxbridge Squash Club
Phone: (905) 852-7831
Uxbridge Men’s Basketball League
Phone: (905) 431-3392
Greater Uxbridge Road Runners
Phone: (905) 852-7224
Air Force Mavericks All-Star Cheerleading
Phone: (905) 852-CHEER