“We are confident in our core of returning veterans will continue to push us into being a contender this season,” Roop Chanderdat, Co-Owner, President and General Manager of the Predators said in a Predators news release.
Boersma, who is in his third season with the Predators, scored 2 goals and added 8 assists from the Predators blueline last season. The 6’5″ behemoth however, is mainly a shutdown defenseman and a physical force, as he also recorded 149 penalty minutes with the Predators last season. Before the Predators, Boersma, who is a Ridgetown products, patrolled the blueline for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones.
McKinlay is in his second season with Lambton Shores, but will be counted on to provide a stabilizing veteran presence on the blueline as the 6’2″ defender is entering his fourth Junior hockey season after playing the first two of his career with the Dresden Jr. Kings. McKinlay had 10 assists last season in 39 games for the Predators.
Finally, up front, Thamesville’s Dillon Liberty is returning for his second season with the Lambton Shores Predators. Liberty, who has spent time with the Dresden Kings and Chatham-Kent Cyclones in the past, scored 3 goals and added 10 assists in his rookie season last year.
Lambton Shores will be looking to improve upon their second straight playoff berth, which each time resulted in a first round elimination. Last season, the Predators were eliminated in six games by the first place Chatham Maroons.
Lambton Shores opens their 2013-2014 season Thursday, September 5 when they travel down the 402 to play the Sarnia Legionnaires.