Real McCoys get their first test Friday

With the start of their Allan Cup Hockey season just days away, the Dundas Real McCoys continue to build their Senior AAA lineup. Dundas is the only yet to play a game this season and that will change on Friday night against the Blast in the Brantford Community Centre.

“We open in Brantford, and they will be a good test for us. Right off the bat we will be able to see how our club measures up,” said Don Robertson, the McCoys president and general manager. “Brantford hammered Welland (Whalers) 7-1 last week in their (Nov. 1) home opener.

“The Blast will be the team to beat. We like our squad; it will take some time for some of our guys to find their way in this league. A lot of changes have been made to our lineup with the addition of 10 former pros, and it will take some time to sort that out.”

This past weekend, Robertson added to the depth of the McCoys roster by signing defenceman Kevin Bolibruck and centreman Shawn Snider for the 2013-14 campaign.

Kevin Bolibruck

Kevin Bolibruck

Bolibruck, a six-foot, one-inch, 200-pound rearguard was born at Peterborough on Feb. 8, 1977. Since his days with the Peterborough Petes, and Team Canada, the 36-year-old has played 695 games professionally in the American Hockey League and in Europe. During his 13-year career, he scored 51 goals, assisted on 169 others for 220 points. He amassed 986 minutes in penalties during that time.

He played for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Rochester Americans, Houston Areos, and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before heading to Europe in 2004. While in Europe, he was on the rosters of Sheffield Steelers, Herning IK, Ilves Tampere, Augsburger Panthers, Vålerenga IF Oslo, and Pontebba [SG].

“It took a couple years to get him (Bolibruck) playing for us … He is an AHL veteran with European elite league experience,” said Robertson. “His size and experience will be very helpful.

Shawn Snider

Shawn Snider

“Snider played in Europe last season. He brings speed and skill to our lineup, which is what we had been looking to add to our forward lines for this season.”

Since Snider’s days in Canadian Interuniversity Sports with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men, the 32-year-old native of Fergus, Ont., has played 126 games professionally in the United, East Coast, and Central hockey leagues. Snider has performed for Flint Generals, Bloomington Prairie Thunder, Kalamazoo Wings, Reading Royals, Elmira Jackals, and the Laredo Bucks.

He scored 30 goals and assisted on 60 other scoring plays in regular season play along with 122 minutes in penalties. Snider began his Junior career in 1998-1999 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. He also played for the Owen Sound Platers, the Owen Sound Attack, and the Sudbury Wolves before joining St. Francis Xavier in 2002.

The Real McCoys home opener is set for Friday, Nov. 15 in the JL Grightmire Arena on Market Street. The visitors will be the Blast.