McIver - A Prince Edward Islander
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will open their home season as defending conference champions against the Providence Bruins at 7pm on Saturday October 13. Missing from the lineup that night will be former ‘tough-guys’ Micheal Haley (now in the Rangers organization) and Trevor Gillies (who has signed to play in the KHL).
To help fill the void left by the departure of these two enforcers, the Islanders have signed former Providence Bruin defenseman Nathan McIver (above with Mike Haley) to a one year, two-way contract.
McIver (pronounced mah-KEE-ver) will be the Sound Tigers left handed Matt Carkner of the Isles, brought in to provide the young Bridgeport team some much needed toughness and veteran leadership. The Summerside, P.E.I. native has all of the qualifications necessary to fill those needs.
Drafted in 2003 by the Vancouver Canucks, the 6’ 3” 205 pound blue-liner has NHL experience with the Canucks and Anaheim Ducks organizations as well as 345 AHL games with the Manitoba Moose (where he was a teammate of Michael Grabner) and the Providence Bruins.
In an interview by P.E.I.’s The Guardian reporter Stephen Brun after his July 25th signing, McIver credits Isles assistant coach Brent Thompson with his new assignment;
"We played against (Bridgeport) quite a few times last season, so (Thompson) called me last week to talk to me about trying to sign with the Islanders," McIver explained Wednesday.
"I was pretty excited. I've been talking to them in the last week or so here, so I'm happy that we finally got it done."
"I talked to the (Islanders') assistant GM, and he just wants me to bring my game that I had the last few years," said McIver. "He thinks they need some toughness in the organization and some defensive defensemen, and he thinks I can bring that to the organization, whether it's in New York or Bridgeport."
Providing toughness will not be a problem for the big left handed shot from Prince Edward Island (McIver is credited by Hockeyfights.com for dropping his gloves 26 times in the 2010-11 season). In late February of this past year he and Haley had a memorable exchange of pleasantries at the Webster Bank Arena and the odds are they will become reacquainted this season each wearing a new teams sweater.
As a seasoned veteran he will also be relied upon to help in the development of his younger teammates both as players and as professionals, another task he has handled without difficulty in the past.
Skilled and fully developed as a player, he will also be ready for the inevitable call-up by the Islanders also handled without difficulty in the past.
Welcome to the Bridge!
- Mike Flannery
Like my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Tigershockeyflan