Tristan Dundas will see a familiar face on the Huskies blueline after it was announced that Brock Padgham is also on his way to suit up for Southern Maine (NCAA Div 3) this season.
Mission fans have no doubt this blue chip pairing will help the Huskies turn their fortunes around the same way they helped the ‘Laws capture a Cyclone Taylor Cup bronze and PJHL title over the past 2 years.
I caught up with Brock before he made his way to the Eastern US and asked him to reflect on his time in Black, silver and white.
“It was the best 3 years of my life. To see where we came from to winning the league with the best group of guys, you couldn’t ask for more. I’m so grateful for my time here and I’m an Outlaw for life”.
As for the other special memories he has during his 3 seasons?
“It’s kind of funny, but there’s one…I still get ripped about it (*chuckles). We were playing Langley, time was winding down, we’re up by one. We had a faceoff in our zone. Coach says to get it and clear it down so we can win the game. I accidentally put it in our net instead, it goes to overtime and the Knights end up winning. I’ve never lived that down”.
Fans have their own memories of number #77. Ask any die hard fan and tell you of a smooth skating defenceman that took over games, a guy that made an incredible first pass out of his zone that set up the high octane offense of the ‘Laws last season. An adaptable player and likable team mate that wore his heart on his sleeve and captured the heart of many young fans (and many old ones too) with his style of play.
When asked about how the town had embraced the Outlaws?
“It’s incredible. I mean, you walk into a store with something with our logo on it, people are coming up, telling you what the team means to them. It was amazing to see how things changed the better we got, how many more people got behind us, it was special.”
As for how he sees himself fitting into the Huskies plans?
“Coach Ed (Harding) says there’s ice up for grabs. I just need to go in and play the way I know I can. Having Dundas should be good to, having a familiar face will help with the transition. I’m excited for this season.”
His final words were directed at the next generation of Outlaws players.
“Get in there and work as hard as you can. Battle for everything, be proud to wear that crest. Keep building on what we’ve started.”
Good luck to Brock and Tristan this season.