Rose Returns to Woodstock

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Updated: December 28, 2013
Tim Rose Woodstock Slammers | Newfoundland Hockey Talk

Defenseman Tim Rose is headed back to the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Junior ‘A” Hockey League. The trade is Rose’s third in four years in the league and came unexpected as the Stephenville native returns to the team that gave him his start in the 2010-11 season.

Rose was dealt initially by the Slammers ot the Pictou County Weeks Crushers halfway through his third season in the league. He was then traded from the Crushers to the Campbellton Tigers over the summer and now is headed back to the slammers to complete the loop. Rose describes the latest trade saying “I was in complete shock. But I was given the opportunity to come back to Woodstock and I certainly had to take what was given to me.”

The Tigers were sitting in the basement of their division with a 9-21-1-1 record. This would have been devestating for Rose’s career as he was in the last year of eligibility in the league. The Slammers are making a push for the playoffs and are currently sitting in third place with a 14-14-2-1 record.

Even though Rose says he’s “mind-boggled” by the trade, he indicates that he “couldn’t be happier to be back.”

Woodstock has been like a second home to Rose and even though the team has seen a major makeover in the last few seasons, he indicates that returning feels right. He had previously helped the Slammers in the MHL’s Kent Cup Championship and reach the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship.

Rose describes himself as a “third-pairing” defenseman with a knack of keeping pucks out of the net. The Slammers are looking for some one to help them reduce their goals against average in that they currently have allowed the third most goals against in the league. Rose will be expected to step up the efforts and play on the blue line to help turn that number around.

While he isn’t expected to help out offensively having only scored 1 goal and 5 assists in 28 games this season, he is expected to show a leadership role to some of the younger players on the roster. Rose feels that the Slammers have the depth and that they can make a deep run in the playoffs with a few more key acquisitions.

Rose sees this latest stint with the Slammers as an opportunity to improve his game and showcase his talent. He expects big things from himself after he returns to Woodstock following a Christmas break at home with friends and family.

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