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Former Liverpool Privateers moving to LCLC in Bridgewater

By Evan Taylor Jul 6, 2023 | 11:05 AM

The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) in Bridgewater, NS. Photo: CKBW Files.

Bridgewater, Nova Scotia – In a recent press release, the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) in Bridgewater announced that it will soon become the home of an exciting new Junior B hockey team. Starting this September, the team will host all their regular season and playoff games at the LCLC, bringing an electrifying atmosphere to the local community.

Kent Walsh, General Manager at the LCLC, expressed his enthusiasm about the new addition, stating, “We are excited to welcome in a franchise that is highly competitive and very well run. We know that hockey fans in Bridgewater and Lunenburg County are going to love the pace of the Junior B game, and the quality of the on-ice product that the team will bring.”

The team, which competes in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, previously played out of Liverpool for the past ten years. However, the team’s owner, Jim Bottomley, had been exploring options closer to Halifax to reduce travel for the team. Fortunately, the availability of space at the LCLC presented an ideal opportunity to keep the team on the South Shore and continue its growth and development.

“When space became available in our facility, Jim reached out right away – he was already in conversation with two other possible landing spots in the Halifax Regional Municipality. So, ultimately, we are happy to have the opportunity to keep the team on the South Shore and support it going forward,” explained Kent Walsh.

Jim Bottomley, the owner of the new team, has a strong connection to Bridgewater, having previously served as the coach of the former Junior A Lumberjacks team during its early years in the community. Bottomley’s contributions to the game, both on and off the ice, were recognized when he was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

“We look forward to engaging the community and putting a winning product on the ice that will challenge Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Championship,” said Jim Bottomley, expressing his anticipation for the upcoming season.

To mark this exciting development, a team name announcement and kick-off event for fans and volunteers will be held at the LCLC on Thursday, July 13th at 6 pm. This event will provide an opportunity for supporters to get involved and show their enthusiasm for the new team. Further details, including game dates and opportunities to meet the team or become involved as a volunteer, will be announced at a later date.

With the arrival of the new Junior B hockey team at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, Bridgewater and Lunenburg County can look forward to thrilling games and an enhanced sense of community spirit as fans rally behind their local team.


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