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Men’s hockey playoff preview

by Archives February 15, 2006

It’s that time again. The “second season” to some, and for the Concordia Stingers, they’re just getting started. It’s the playoffs and there’s a lot of buzz around the league.

The Stingers, who found out after winning Sunday night against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees that they will face Ottawa in a three game series are coming off a big win and two strong games.

“The playoffs is another season for us,” said rookie Anthony Bilotto. “People say we’re a good team on paper, but now you can rip that paper up, and see what we can really do.

“The playoffs are always fun. We’ve been through injuries, sickness, you name it this year. And now we finally get a chance to go and put it all out there,” said forward Trevor Blanchard.

Veteran defenceman, Trevor Hawkins, who has been a workhorse on the blueline for the Stingers this year, and still has a bit of a bitter taste in his mouth from last years over-time loss to Ottawa that ended their season early, is “really excited” for the playoffs. He has family and friends in the Ottawa area and said, “it’s always fun to play there.” He is also looking forward to playing “some good old, hard-nosed, Canadian-playoff hockey – the way it should be!” And after resting an upper body injury Sunday afternoon, he “can’t wait to play.”

Rookie centre, Karl Gagn

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