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“It’s been a blast and to play with those guys this season is going to be a lot of fun,” said Bernard-Docker, one of the Fighting Hawks’ alternate captains.
There was a sense Bernard-Docker might have signed with Ottawa this past spring, but he opted to stay in school.
The Hawks were favoured to win last spring, but the NCAA season was halted in mid-March. The experience would have given Bernard-Docker the opportunity to win a world junior gold medal with Canada in the Czech Republic and an NCAA title. He will have the chance this year to check the second one off the list.
“We’ve got a pretty special group here,” Bernard-Docker said. “That being said, I’m very excited about hopefully making that next step soon to Ottawa. But I think I’m just really pumped this year and the group we have here.
“(Last year) is still fresh in our minds. When last year got cancelled, we had a team meeting. It was pretty sad. The seniors were kind of all in tears. We thought we had a pretty good chance last year. This year’s all new, so we’ve got to prove ourselves all over again, and we’re ready for it.”
The Senators didn’t have any issue with the decision by Bernard-Docker to stay in school. There are things he wants to improve.
“I’m trying to use the middle of the ice a lot instead of…