By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
As we head into mid-February, there are Junior & Senior Hockey clubs falling off on a daily basis. A few more will hit the proverbial golf course this weekend.
And while the hockey playoffs are rising towards a climax, next season for Senior Lacrosse is technically just around the corner.
The Owen Sound NorthStars made a couple of announcements this week pertaining to their coaching staff, their support staff and their on floor roster.
First of all, Head Coach Stuart Gordon is returning to the position and will once again be assisted by Mark Kazarian as an Assistant Coach.
Stability and familiarity at any level in team sports is key and under Gordon & Kazarian last season, the NorthStars went to the League Final and while swept, they made every game with Six Nations in the final a tight battle.
Next, from a support staff standpoint, the NorthStars confirm that Head Athletic Therapist Brandon Downing and Assistant Athletic Therapist Darren Clock will be with the club, which based on their professional backgrounds is reassuring on several levels.
And finally on the floor, the NorthStars relate that Brady Heseltine will be with the club this season.
A long time nemesis of Owen Sound Junior teams, Heseltine arrived in Owen Sound last Summer and was an offensive threat every time and has confirmed to the team he'll be with them from the get-go this year.
There's significant time between now and the NorthStars Season Opener, but step by step the preparation process is ongoing in Owen Sound, preparation that they hope will take them to Nanaimo, BC come late August.
I'm Fred Wallace