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Well known coach Guy Blanchard is coming back for a third year to coach the Major Midget AAA Trappers, the North Bay & District Trappers Hockey Association announced on Monday.

“I have been giving it a lot of thought, it is a good group of players and parents that have come through the system and Mike Stockfish has done a great job with these guys bringing them to this level,” said Blanchard, who was initially planning to retire from coaching at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Blanchard guided the Trappers to a 30-4-0-0-2 record good for second place in the Great North Midget League this season. He led the team all the way to the finals where the Trappers were defeated by the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves.

In his two years as head coach, the Trappers have finished with back-to-back 30 win seasons.

He will take over a major midget team which will be inheriting a solid core of players – five of which were selected by the North Bay Battalion in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

“Once again we are trying to get these programs going and I felt I had one more year before I turned 60 to be able to coach,” said Blanchard, who was inducted into the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

“After that, I am not sure if I am too much of an overage to coach but certainly we are going to give it one more year and see what all comes about.”

The news comes after former Battalion player Calvin Gomes was named the new head coach for the Minor Midget AAA team.

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Story by Chris Dawson and originally published in Baytoday

Local goaltender Joel Rainville was disappointed when the North Bay AAA Trappers fell in the Great North Midget League final for the second year in a row at the hands of the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves back in March.

However, the Trappers goalie got an unexpected surprise.

With the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves hosting the Telus Cup this week, the tournament required an emergency goaltender on standby in case one of the six teams had a goaltender fall to injury.

It was a strange situation for Joel Rainville but he did get the call.

Rainville came as a spectator on the opening night on Monday and watched from the stands as the rival Wolves fell 2-1 at the hands Team Pacific reps, the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Little did he know only a couple days later he would be dressing and playing for the Pacific champs.

The emergency call came when the Hurricanes lost goalie Byron Fancy to injury on Wednesday in a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Young Nationals.

With the Hurricanes sporting a 2-1-1 record and had clinched a semifinal birth, the Pacific squad elected to put Rainville in to start against the Quebec reps, Cantonniers de Magog.

Rainville finished with 26 saves in a 5-3 win for the Hurricanes. The Sturgeon Falls native was honoured to get a start and a victory at the Telus Cup.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience and I was grateful for the opportunity,” stated Rainville after Friday’s win.

Rainville isn’t the only North Bay native area player at the event.

Forward Brett Shawana and goaltender Derick Rivet both play for the host Sudbury squad (0-3-1) which needs a win Friday night over the Toronto Young Nationals to qualify for Saturday’s semi-final.

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Please note there is an additional Minor Bantam Tryout – Cost is $15.00 per player

Minor Bantam – Saturday, April 28th – 2:30 pm to 4 pm – Memorial Gardens