With training camp just ten days away the picture on the blue line for the Fort St. John Huskies is starting to come into focus. The team has added two defenceman, Will Lightfoot from Fernie of the KIJHL, and former Tracker Lou Giesbrecht.
Club general manager Jeremy Clothier said Lightfoot is a stay at home defender that makes a big impact in his own zone.
“He’s a six foot one defenceman with lots of experience. He played a full year in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He’s a big shut down defenceman that has playoff experience in junior B and junior A. We figured it was a good fit to add a veteran guy on the back end where we were looking to add to start the year,” he said.
Giesbrecht meanwhile got his feet wet with the Huskies late last season and into the playoffs filling in as a midget affiliate, and the team is hoping the impression he left carries over into the upcoming season.
“He affiliated for us and played ten games including a couple of games in the playoffs. We’re really excited to add him to the back end as well. He’s a physical defenceman, not scared to get in the corners, not worried about being in front of the net and battling guys. He’s a strong skater and a thick kid so we’re looking forward to seeing his progression this year,” Clothier said.
The additions coupled with the returning defence core leaves the Huskies with five positions on the blue line spoken for. A couple of spots remain open on the back end for the team’s training camp next weekend at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.