The Atlantic Attack commemorated the 50th birthday of ringette by participating in Ringette Canada’s roadshow to Riverview, NB on October 19th. The Attack wore retro jerseys, which were also featured in select games at the 2013 Canadian Ringette Championship last April. The burgundy jerseys donning the 50th anniversary logo and the Atlantic Attack crest will be auctioned off to fans following the 2013-2014 season. The Waterloo Wildfire and Atlantic Attack also played a regular season game to the delight of the community who showed up to partake in the roadshow celebrations.
The 50th anniversary season of ringette certainly brought forth an interesting off-season for the Attack with the departure of players at every position. The current 22 player roster features 14 players who will make their NRL debut. The team, which is now likely the youngest in the league with seven players under the age of 18, has much to look forward to. Ringette phenom, Jenny Snowdon returns to the squad after an impressive 5 game run last year where she posted 11 goals and 3 assists. Miguelle Proulx, younger sister of former MVP Joelle Proulx, has 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in her first four NRL games. It’s a youth movement that is gaining momentum and it is only a matter of time before the new players become accustomed and adjusted to the style and rigors of the NRL and the season begins to take off for the Attack. Returning forwards and 3rd year veterans, Josée Doiron and Vanessa Hannah, will be looked upon for their leadership and scoring capabilities. Veteran defenders, Jessica Snowdon, Chantal King, Chantal Leger, and Stephanie Robichaud will guide the new-look defensive core and draw on their experiences at the 2013 Canadian Ringette Championships versus high offense teams to help protect the net. Goaltender, Karine Doiron, who joined the team as a 17 year old three seasons ago, is ready to take on the responsibilities of guarding the Attack net on a more consistent basis. The future looks bright for the young team and it is only a matter of time before they begin to turn their perseverance and belief in themselves into victories.