Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Last season was a memorable one for the RMB (Regis/McDonell Central/Bloomer) boys hockey team.
The Saints won their first-ever Middle Border Conference title, and advanced all the way to the WIAA sectional finals, where they lost to eventual state champ Eau Claire Memorial in front of a packed house at Hobbs Ice Center.
Now, a new season is underway for the Saints. Some very good players have moved on, but a good core returns for RMB. Head coach Guy Brown says despite some new names on the roster, he figures depth will be a Saints strength this season.
"We still have great depth on the team," says Brown, "and some guys that have worked hard in the offseason, that can fill them voids for us. Competition, obviously, in practice is where it all starts, we have good depth and that's just going to make every player better."
With the success the Saints had last season, coaches and players know they'll be going from being the hunters, to the hunted.
"Yeah for sure, I think the success of last year that we had, we've got a target on our back a lot more," says RMB senior defenseman Victor Bourget, "so we're going to have to show up every game, like, ready to go, play our A game. I think we have a lot of potential, but it comes down to how hard we work during the season."
"Really, joining the Middle Border Conference last season," says Brown, "New Richmond, Somerset, teams such as that, really helps our quality of competition, as well as, you know, picking up Big Rivers schools, some teams in the southern part of the state, you gotta play good competition, obviously, to get better.."
The Saints play their first game on Tuesday, November 26, when RMB visits La Crosse.