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Season wrap-up: Gee-Gees lay foundation for the future

Tuesday April 20, 2010

Season Record:  6-22-2 (OUA)

The Gee-Gees missed the playoffs for first time in Dave Leger’s seven-year reign as uOttawa head coach.

uOttawa had been on a run of eight consecutive post season appearances until this year.

With 13 rookies in the uOttawa line-up, the Gee-Gees coaching staff expected some long nights over the course of the season and they had a couple.

Cutting your teeth as a hockey player in the CIS and OUA can be a long and arduous process, but the growing pains are out of the way, and things are looking brighter for the Gee-Gees in 2010-2011.

Last season also marked the 120th anniversary of the men’s hockey team at uOttawa.

This year, the team says good-bye to forwards Ryne Gove (Cornwall, Ont.) and Corey Thibaudeau (Ottawa, Ont.), as well as goaltender Riley Whitlock (Calgary, Alb.).

One of the highlights this season was certainly watching Whitlock tend goal for the Gee-Gees, which was thoroughly entertaining. The veteran net-minder kept the Gee-Gees in every game for much of the season.

We also watched the rookies become more comfortable playing in the OUA, slowly gaining more and more confidence as they helped the Gee-Gees develop into a pretty good team by season’s end.

Players like forwards Jamie Collins (Timmins, Ont.), Paul Forster (North Vancouver, B.C.), Rob Roteliuk (Portage, Man.), along with defensemen Patrick Burns (Ottawa, Ont.), Darren Miller (Dryden, Ont.) and Dimitri Levin (Laval, Que.) will benefit from their freshman season and be better players in their second year.

Next season, uOttawa will take advantage of all their youthful exuberance as they attempt to rebound with a spot in the post season. With another year of playing experience under their belts, the Gee-Gees will definitely be a more competitive team.

“We definitely had some growing pains last season,” said head coach Dave Leger. “We had our share of ups and downs, but I liked the way we finished the year. The guys were a lot more comfortable by season’s end and knew exactly what we are trying to build on for the future.
I’m looking forward to next season. We will have a great core of players along with a handful of quality recruits that will strengthen our line-up.”