‘This team kept surprising us’: Pickering Panthers’ next season starts now

Pickering Panthers netminder Zachary Roy separated the shot in the championship game of the Centennial Cup. The Brooks Bandits won the game 4–1 to repeat as national champions.

  • Ethan Doyle opened the scoring for Pickering in the final game after Ian Martin shoveled into a rebound to get the Ontario Junior Hockey League champion on board.  Panthers netminder Zachary Roy faced all 12 shots in the opening 20 minutes
  • On May 29, in the Centennial Cup championship game, the Pickering Panthers lost 4–1 to the Brooks Bandits.

The next season for the Pickering Panthers is now starting.

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After losing in the final of the Centennial Cup on 29 May, the team is holding a rookie camp this weekend, on 4 and 5 June.

“It never stops,” quipped Pickering Panthers coach Rob Pearson.


He said more than 100 players are expected to come out.

As for next season, the eight players on this year’s roster will not return next year because they will be too old, he said.

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“We lose eight overs, we definitely lose them. 01s,” he said.

Then, he will meet with the team and see who is coming back and who may not, he said.

“See if they plan to come back, see what their plans are. Some go to school and move on from hockey,” he said. “I know we have a good group of people here, so the rest will come…