By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
The Real McCoys continue to add to the foundation of what president and general manager Don Robertson hopes to be an Allan Cup contender in the spring of 2014.
“When David Bowman left to play in Europe again last January, he promised he’d be back for good this year, and he’s back,” said Robertson.
“His speed on defence is a welcome addition. We all know that you cannot teach speed, and that it is a dangerous tool if you have it. Last season, we used Bowman up front for a while. Now having the whole package for the entire season will be great.”
Bowman is a five-foot, 11-inch, 205-pound defenceman with a hard shot from the left side.
The 30-year-old native of St. Catharines played 26 games for the 2005-06 and 2012-13 Real McCoys, scoring one goal and assisting on 19 others for a total of 20 points. Last season with Cortina, Italy, Bowman had a goal and three assists in nine regular season games and a goal and two assists in 12 playoff games.
Robertson noted that last year, the McCoys did not protect Frankie Grandits at the Ontario Hockey Association cut down date.
“If I had to do it over again I would not have done it,” Robertson said. “That was my mistake, Frankie is a quality guy, he could have played elsewhere this season, as a free agent, but he wanted to come back. I am very glad that he did.”
Robertson said Grandits is like a wrecking ball on the ice.
“He will add a lot of spark to our lineup this season. He looks to be in great shape, and that will help him play the way he wants too,” Robertson added.
Grandits is not a big man, at five feet, nine inches, and 180 pounds, but he is a rugged individual, said Robertson. The 27-year-old forward from Hamilton previously played five seasons with Dundas between 2006 and 2013. In 72 regular season games, Grandits had 19 goals, 22 assists, and 41 points as well as 103 minutes in penalties.
In the playoffs, he added three more goals and set up six scoring plays in 28 games. In terms of penalties, he was off for 66 minutes. Grandits has played twice for the Allan Cup with Dundas, in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Dundas Real McCoys season tickets are $125 for a season flex pack, or $12 per person at the door. Season tickets are available now at Com/Choice Realty, 179 King St. W. in Dundas.