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Pirates sign former Red Devils, get Main man

UPDATE: Picton Pirates get Main man
The Picton Pirates are pleased to announce the signing of 6’1 190lbs power-forward Riley Main. The Foxboro native instantly adds more youth, size and character to the Pirates line-up this season according to Pirates General Manager/Head Coach Ryan Woodward.
“He plays the game hard along the wall and around the net and we are excited to add him to our lineup,” Woodward added.
The Pirates have many players moving on to University and the next level this off-season but the GM is excited about the team’s potential. Woodward said, “We have some very talented and motivated veterans returning this season. We want to be a hard-working, hard to play against team. I am excited to add our recent additions to our dressing room.”
The team will continue its busy off-season by adding players to the mix between now and August training camp.

The Picton Pirates have signed two 17-year-old forwards for the upcoming season. Stirling native Jeremiah Doherty and Derek Shields of Belleville, Ontario will suit up for the Pirates this year.

Doherty, a 6’0 high-end skilled forward with some edge, is a former Quinte Red Devil product and was a key member of the Stirling Midget A team last season. General Manager and Head Coach Ryan Woodward said Doherty is expected to provide some added grit, play-making ability and offense to the Pirates line-up in 12-13 season.

Shields, a tenacious and gritty forward who is reliable defensively in all three zones is yet another product of the Quinte Red Devil AAA program to join the Pirates organization. Last season, because of injuries, he primarily saw ice time as a defenseman for the Major Midgets. Woodward said Shields is expected to bring energy to the line-up, upgrade penalty kill and be hard to play against.

Woodward said both players had outstanding training camps a couple weeks ago when the Pirates hosted both veterans and prospects at ESSROC Arena in Wellington.

“Each player follows our template and commitment to development, getting younger and harder to play against this off-season. Both players were heavily recruited by several teams at the Junior C level. Our organization couldn’t be happier that they have chosen Picton to continue their development.

“I am thrilled that both the Doherty and Shields families have chosen to send their sons to Picton for the upcoming season. They are outstanding players with tremendous character. Both players will make an impact on our line-up this year and are not afraid to play the game in the dirty areas of the ice. I am excited about the details of their game and fans should look forward to seeing them in a Pirates jersey this year,” said Woodward.

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