Leading up to the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s 2020-21 season, which starts Nov. 13, 2020, the league is publishing team previews.
These stories will highlight areas of focus for the respective organizations as well as players. We last featured the Osoyoos Coyotes and now highlight the Princeton Posse.
The Posse finished eighth overall in the KIJHL’s regular season standings with 27 wins. They swept the Summerland Steam in the Teck Cup first round playoffs and were tied at a game with the Kelowna Chiefs. Their focus heading into the season is continuing to build a creative group who thrives on competing every day. Posse head coach-GM Mark McNaughton is always looking for players who can play with structure, but will also make hockey plays and win the games within the game.
Devin Watson will be counted on to provide leadership to a young Posse team this season. KIJHL photo
McNaughton says this year is no different to others in their eyes. Players made decisions to play because they love playing the game.
“We want to foster that love for the sport, reward the players who have made the decision to play, and have fun every day,” says McNaughton. “We will have a younger group this season than we have had in awhile. We are looking forward to working with a lot of fresh faces this season.”
The Posse has a small returning group, but one McNaughton describes as “high quality people who know what is expected of them every day.”