BEAVER BANK: A Beaver Bank hockey player is continuing his 2021-2022 hockey campaign—just not with the team he was with.
With recent additions to the Saint John Sea Dogs roster in the QMJHL, that left Cole Foston with limited to no QMJHL game action so the Sea Dogs assigned him to his Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MHL) club, the Yarmouth Mariners in late November.
Foston, 18, was a sixth-round pick of the Mariners in the 2019 MHL Draft while Q property of the Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax traded him earlier this season for a late round draft pick.
However, with the roster filling for the Memorial Cup host Sea Dogs, which left little plating time for Foston, who had a goal and an assist in 14 games played with Saint John.
“We weren’t sure if we’d see him here when we drafted him, but we’re excited for him to be part of our organization now,” Mariners head coach and general manager Laurie Barron said in an interview with Y95.5.
Foston spent last season with the Halifax Mooseheads. He appeared in 14 games with the Sea Dogs this season – recording one goal and one assist – but was pushed down the lineup with recent additions up front.
In the interview with Y95.5, Barron said the addition of Foston makes the Mariners a deeper team.
He said Foston brings a lot of skill, and he’s excited to see how he fits into the lineup.
“He’s a puck-pursuer. He’d hard on the puck and he brings a physical edge,” said Barron. “He brings us something that we needed, and he can play anywhere in our top nine.”
In eight games since he was assigned, Foston has two goals and five assists and four penalty minutes.
The Mariners sit first in the MHL’s South Division as the league pauses until Feb. due to COVID-19. They are currently at with a 18-7-3-0 (win-loss-overtime loss-shootout loss) record, two points up on the Amherst Ramblers in the EastLink South Division.