Chaleur Region's new Major Midget hockey club to offer players intensity they seek, president says

The president of a new Major Midget Hockey franchise in Bathurst says young hockey players will finally be able to play at the competitive level they've been looking for.

Hollis Chamberlain says some young hockey players have opted to play for prep-schools in Nova Scotia and Quebec because hockey programs offered in the Chaleur region just didn't have the intensity they were looking for.

Chamberlain says the program will offer players more practice time and programs in an effort to prepare them for the next level of hockey.

He says Bathurst's central location is ideal for such a club as its roster will be made up of players from across Northeastern New Brunswick.

Chamberlain says a coach is expected to be selected in June and that an information session will take place later that month.

He says a training camp is expected in August and that the team will be ready to compete in the 2018 season.

The team doesn't have a name yet but Chamberlain says they're working on it and that one will be announced before the season begins.