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
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
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 email@example.com)