Despite the departure of two players in the off-season from their 2011-2012 all-rookie squad, the Atlantic Attack have begun to expand. As the roster was announced, you might have noticed a few new names on both the regular roster as well as the affiliate player list, but perhaps the most interesting fact is, the geography of these players.
Last season, the Attack had mostly an entire roster of players hailing from the Greater Moncton area and one sole Prince Edward Islander in Kendra O’Brien. In this season’s roster, you may have taken note of Marissa Babin, a new Attack goaltender, who hails from a small community near Miramichi, NB. The affiliate player list has also benefitted from the new NRL team on the East Coast. Kali MacAdam, a forward from Ottawa who is attending university in Antigonish, Nova Scotia is now approximately 2 hours and 36 minutes from even the New Brunswick border. Then there is Kirsti Mason, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia who could travel just about the same amount of time for games and perhaps even pick Kali up along the way!
At the end of the day, this expansion is not only a benefit to the Attack who is building its pool of roster players faster than some ringette goals can be scored, but the league is branching out because of it. What this means is the National Ringette League is now fully exposed in three of the four Atlantic Provinces and the elite players in each area are coming on board.
I suppose at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you’re separated by bridges, or forests, or long highways; ringette has that special quality of bringing people together!