Bellies Announce Major Player Aquisition

by Gary McLaughlin

JR. Bellies Announce Major Acquisition for Stretch Run

The NW Jr. Bellies are pleased to announce a major player acquisition this past week. Coming to the Bellies from the OJALL is Kyle Hebert, former starting goaltender of the Oakville Buzz. Hebert was one of the leading junior goaltenders in both the Ontario loop as well as in all of Canadian junior lacrosse. Team President Walt Weaver was very happy and quite optimistic for the rest of this season. Weaver commented on the new development:

“ We are very pleased that we have been able to secure a goalie of Kyle’s calibre for our playoff run.”

Hebert’s resume and numbers are very impressive indeed. He leaves the OJALL as the leader in Shots Saved Percentage at .861. His lacrosse resume is first class as well. Currently an NCAA Div.1 all-star at New York’s Stoney Brook College, Hebert was also a member of Team Canada’s U-19 national field lacrosse team in 2016. His goaltending style is high on speed, athleticism, disciplined angles and a much needed ability to move the ball, not only to his defenders off the save, but also as a distinct threat to move the ball down the floor to breaking transitional runners. Bellies Assistant GM Ryan Keller, who is intimately knowledgeable on the eastern league commented:

"We are extremely happy to have Kyle join the 'Bellies family. It's not only that we feel he is one of the top goaltenders in Canada, but also the professionalism and winning attitude he will bring to our dressing room is why we wanted him in New Westminster." 

Hebert made a spectacular debut last Tuesday night at Queens Park Arena against the Burnaby Lakers, stopping 31 of 35 shots and picking up a pair of assists to boot. Now in his final year of junior eligibility, Hebert will team and mentor with current Bellie goaltender Keegan Melnychuck giving the Bellies a great one/two punch in goal for the remainder of the regular season and for the playoffs. The Bellies next home game is this Saturday, June 29that 12:30 pmat QPA, when the always tough and playoff bound rival Victoria Shamrocksare in town. It’s a big game for both teams who are looking to try and nail down 2ndplace overall in the league.