The Atlantic Attack entered their first season in the National Ringette League by turning a lot of heads. The team of rookie players and coaches, posted five consecutive victories to begin the season and completed the regular season with an impressive fifth place finish in the highly competitive Eastern conference. Despite being eliminated early through two close games in the Eastern Conference playoffs by Richmond Hill, the Attack certainly have a lot to look forward to in their sophomore year. Scoring sensation, Martine Caissie (31g, 30a, 61p) returns to the squad with a year of NRL knowledge under her belt, a nomination for the NRL Rookie of the Year award, and Team Canada U19 experience. Along with Caissie, Stéphanie Robichaud, and Karine Doiron will also be bringing a wealth of international experience back to the East Coast. However, the accolades do not stop there, as the Attack organizing committee and coaching staff won the NRL Volunteers or the Year award and Assistant Coach and master strategist, Gilles Proulx won CRC Gold in the U-16 division. As the 2012-2013 season looms in the very near future and with tryouts slated for the weekend of August 25-26 in Cocagne, the excitement is turned up a few notches higher for a team that filled spectator seats across New Brunswick and sold merchandise faster than it could be produced. Throughout the upcoming season, seven teams will visit various areas of New Brunswick to face the Attack and the home town crowds. To top the season off, the Canadian Ringette Championships/ NRL Championship will be hosted in their native province next March.
Players to Watch:
Martine Caissie: was an opponent to keep your eyes glued on last season. Caissie, age 19, finished second in rookie scoring with 30 goals and 31 assists proving you can never be too sure what she is going to do with the ring; place it in the back of the net before the goaltender gets a visual, or set-up a magnificent passing play. Caissie’s calm and cool demeanor can be deceiving and can, ironically, spell trouble as you can be sure if she is driving to the net, she isn’t stopping until she gets there. For her sophomore season, the question will not be her performance level, but in how short of a time frame can she surpass last season’s points total?
Karine Doiron: entered her first season in the NRL as a 17 year old goaltending phenomenon. Doiron saw action in 15 regular season matches and posted an impressive 8 win, 4 loss record over the course of the Attack’s inaugural season. Doiron also experienced 59 minutes of playoff action with 32 saves and 6 goals against. Despite her youthfulness, who should be surprised with her stellar performance? Karine participated in elite ringette when she played at the U16 level while representing Team New Brunswick at a tournament in Finland! There is no doubt that Karine is ready to shoulder some greater responsibility heading into this coming season and as an upcoming player for Team France at the U19 level, she will ready to rise up to the challenge.
Goals for the 2012-2013 season:
1. To rise above 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
2. To prove that last season’s performance was not a fluke.
3. To capture the NRL championship title on home ice.