Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bearcats retire Brine, Climie jerseys

Press Release

During the Fred Page Cup, the Truro Bearcat organization retired two sweaters to recognize two of its alumni who went on to play at the game’s highest level – the NHL.

First was David Brine, a Bible Hill native, who came through the Truro Minor Program, becoming a Bearcat rookie in the 2002 – 2003 season when he scored 21 goals and assisted on 32 others in his only Bearcat season.

For the next three years he was a Halifax Moosehead where, in his final Moosehead season, he captained the team and scored 100 points.

In 2005, he signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers and played 9 games with the Panthers during the 2007 – 2008 season.

He spent four seasons with the Rochester Americans and the last two in Austria. He’s been living the dream since leaving the Junior level.

Next was Matt Climie, a Leduc, AB, native who came to the Bearcats from the Bonnyville Pontiacs for the 2002 - 2003 season. He split the season with Jason Awalt, but his playoff performances, including three consecutive shutouts against the Antigonish Bulldogs, raised his stock. In 2003 – 2004 he led the league in all goaltending categories and was named the League MVP and the RBC Player of the Year nominee.

Following Junior, he played four seasons with Bemidji State University and in March 2008 signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars. He made his NHL debut in 2008 – 2009 playing 3 games and recording two victories.

The fifth year Pro spent the last two seasons in the AHL as the go to guy of the Chicago Wolves.
Their sweaters will be hung in the RECC.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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