A champion is coming home.
Tyler Hinam is coming back to his home province with another legitimate shot at winning a championship with the Cape Breton Eagles after being traded by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies earlier this morning.
Hinam is a champion on and off the ice.
The pride of Cole Harbour now joins an already dangerous team with championship aspirations.
The Cape Breton Eagles are poised to do a lot of damage in the Maritimes and across the QMJHL.
“It’s exciting,” confessed Hinam on joining the Eagles and having a chance for another championship run.
“I’m really going to miss Rouyn, but at the same time it’s very nice for me and my family to come back to Nova Scotia for my last few months of junior hockey.”
“There’s a really good team in Cape Breton and I’m really excited to try to contribute however I can and help the Eagles win hockey games.”
Hinam’s journey in the game is one of persistence and perseverance.
The twenty-year-old gritty two-way forward learned those attributes from a very young age and applied them to his life and playing career.
Rouyn-Noranda will always have a special place in Hinam’s heart.
“My time in Rouyn was amazing,” confessed Hinam.
“In a span of four years I lived so many childhood dreams, from getting drafted to the Q, playing my first game, scoring my first goal, winning the Presidents Cup, winning the Memorial Cup.”
“It was an amazing experience. If you’re an English speaking Maritime kid and the Huskies Draft you, you should be ecstatic. My three and half years in Rouyn were incredible and I feel so grateful to have been part of such a great organization.”
The very well spoken and mature kid from Cole Harbour is driven to finish his junior career on a winning note, but will never forget the impact the city of Rouyn-Noranda and the people that have supported throughout his journey.
“I’d really like thank my billet family.”
“They were amazing, they did everything the possibly could to make me feel at home. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, they were simply perfect,” Hinam said.
“I’m really going to miss Rouyn, the city, the fans, my teammates, the coaches, the staff,” admitted Hinam.
“It was an amazing three and half years there and I just want to say thank you for everything.”
“The memories, the friendships, the hospitality, the support, everything.”
“Thank you Rouyn.”
Hinam’s new role with Cape Breton is clear.
The veteran forward is simply going to stick to what has made him so successful throughout his entire journey in the QMJHL.
“I’m not going to change a thing,” explained Hinam.
“I still want to bring my hard, 200 foot, physical game to the Eagles and provide energy and grit to their lineup.”
“If I can contribute offensively that’s great, but I just want to focus on being a power forward and helping the team win however I can.”
“I’m sure it’ll be a bit of an adjustment, I’ve never been traded before so this will be something totally new for me, but some of the guys have already reached out which is nice so I’m sure the transition won’t be too hard.”
A champion on and off the ice, Tyler Hinam has another shot at hoisting the President Cup and perhaps the Memorial Cup once again!
“Tyler on his way in brings a lot of success and perseverance to our team,” said Eagles Head Coach Jake Grimes.
“He’s battled long term injuries as a Midget player and then evolved into a big strong two-way physical forward who can score.”
“Tyler is a Memorial Cup Champion and we are looking forward to meeting him in Saint John on Wednesday,” Grimes added.
With any trade at this point of the year especially dealing with overagers is extremely difficult. “Shaun Miller will be missed by all of us here in Sydney,” confessed Grimes.
“He was a leader for us from the start and an integral part of our team success. He helped keep our team close knit and played every role possible on the ice to help us win,” said Grimes.
“Rouyn Noranda is gaining a great asset and we all wish Shaun nothing but success in his hockey career moving forward. The Eagles organization would like to thank Shaun for his tremendous contributions to our program.”