Madawaska Valley adds James Bay product, forward Bearskin

by Matt Mackinder

by James Wilson

The Falcons will be saying hello to a new player this week just days after saying goodbye to another.

Cameron Bearskin, an 18-year-old forward from Chisasibi, a small community in James Bay, has signed with the team and is expected to make the 17-hour drive in order to be in the lineup for Saturday's game in Bracebridge.

At the same time, the Falcons have given defenceman Robbie Inukpuk his outright release.

Defence just happens to an area of need for the Falcons and while Bearskin hasn't played much on the blue line, he says he'll "play anywhere the coach wants me to play."

Bearskin will join a team already laden with northern Quebec Crees and he acknowledges it makes it easier going to a team where he know the majority of players.

He's particularly close to Alex Visitor; in fact, it was the Falcons' top rearguard who urged him to contact coach Norm Maracle for a tryout.

While he knows of Maracle from the latter's time in the north, he says he didn't know about the Falcons or he would have been here earlier.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder played midget rep hockey last year in Hull, Que. but was just playing pickup games this fall in Chisasibi, The player he most likes to emulate? Washington Capitals all-star Alex Ovechkin for his shot, playmaking ability and occasional hard hit. 

Asked of his expectations-- or that placed on him -- Bearskin said he "just want to do my best."