Painting the Picture presented by Imperial Painting -- Connect. Collaborate. Complete.
The Nanaimo Clippers had one of the best defense cores in the BCHL which resulted in a very low goals against average and one of the main reasons the Clippers captured the Island Division Banner.
"Last year's group was special and we took a lot of pride in respect to how we played without the puck." commented Colin Birkas, associate coach of the Clippers.
This coming season the Clippers need to replace some key members of their defensive core as Devon Mussio, Aiden Hansen-Bukata and Robby Drazner are all off to school.
"We knew early into the season we were going to have to make some big changes knowing we were losing two guys for sure in Moose (Mussio) and Bukes (Hansen-Bukata), and then later finding out Draz (Drazner) was also heading to school."
And this is where the Clipper started 'painting the picture'.
With the return of some key members such as Trevor LeDonne, Jack O'Brien and Liam Visram they knew they had to hit the market to find replacements.
The Clippers made a couple sharp moves adding veteran players like Kabir Gill and Colton Kitchen both through trades and in addition to this, the staff did a great job bringing in some highly regarded college bound defensmen in Ben Dexheimer who is committed to University of Miami and Carter Rose who is committed to the University of Clarkson.
"I really expect the group to build on what last year's group created in terms of our hard working culture and taking care of our end first." said Colin Birkas.
As the team continues to put the final brush strokes on the picture according to Colin Birkas the picture is almost completed.