The Beaumont Chiefs junior hockey club is starting off the 2019-20 season with a number of new faces, including new head coach Anthony D'Amore.
The Beaumont Chiefs junior hockey club is starting off the 2019-20 season with a number of new faces, including new head coach Anthony D’Amore.
D’Amore, formerly a coach with Beaumont Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA), brings 10 years of coaching hockey to the table.
“It’s a really good group of guys and I find, being with BAHA last year and moving to the Chiefs, Beaumont is a great hockey town. It’s got a really good hockey culture,” he commented.
The Chiefs kicked off the regular season against the Sherwood Park Knights on Sept. 20, taking home a 4-0 win. D’Amore credits in particular the scoring of rookie players Colton Lauer and Brett Thompson, and the goaltending efforts of Max Gould throughout the game.
“Sherwood Park had some really good hockey players. The first period was a bit of a battle. I think both teams were kind of feeling each other out, but we were able to blow the doors open in the second period,” D’Amore said. “We managed to grind them down.”
On Sept. 22 the Chiefs were up against the Edmonton Royals, losing 6-2 in what D’Amore said was a much closer game than reflected on the scoreboard. Several of the Chiefs veteran players were also out with injuries.
“It made it a little bit tough but the guys that were there played hard,” he said. “We had some grade-A scoring chances that we just weren’t able to capitalize on. But I’m looking forward to playing the Royals again.”
On Friday, Sept. 27 the Chiefs are matched up with the Strathcona Bruins before getting on the road to face off with rivals the Wetaskiwin Icemen on Sunday, Sept. 29.
“It’ll be a good test early in the season to kind of gauge where we are coming out of the gate.”