In their 4th season in the National Ringette League, the Atlantic Attack have made good on their promise of being a truly Atlantic based team. Throughout their time in the league, they have played only 18 games in their home arena in Cocagne, New Brunswick. Forty two of the Attack’s other ‘home games’ have been in various arenas across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and finally, if the weather cooperates, in Prince Edward Island this coming February. With 70% of home games being outside their local hub of the greater Moncton region, the Attack travel anywhere between one to four hours to play a match-up.
Although not ideal time and cost-wise, the Attack wouldn’t change a thing. The Attack players are treated like honoured guests in every community they have visited and always leave with an invitation or request to return to teach local ringette development camps. Young players through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, have gotten to know the Attack players on a personal level and it is not uncommon for young fans to be welcomed into the locker room before and after a game. It is even becoming common place for Atlantic Attack t-shirts to be popping up in house league locker rooms throughout the region.
Recently, the Attack were able to visit the town of Oromocto, on the outskirts of Fredericton New Brunswick for one of their games, versus the Glocuester Devils. A fairly new association, ringette in Oromocto is beginning to grow and the local players were treated to not only a pre-game skate with the Attack and post-game autographs, but they were given actual Attack player jerseys to wear in the stands throughout the game and t-shirts were thrown into the crowd at the half.
With full support of the provincial and local ringette organizations on the East Coast, the Attack have been able to create hope for all young aspiring ringette players. It would not be out of the question to think that if Newfoundland and Labrador revives its’ ringette community, the Atlantic Attack may spring up there as well. By the end of the 2014-2015 season, the Atlantic Attack would have travelled 1450 km just to play their home games, but it’s worth it, as every kilometer is another young player exposed to the greatest ringette league world-wide.
**Note: They’ve been to: Halifax, Fredericton, Oromocto, Cocagne, Shediac, Cap-Pelé, Riverview, Dieppe, Beresford, Miramichi, Bouctouche and Charlottetown (scheduled).