Flyers, Eastview officially announce sponsorship and more

By Kevin Anderson, The Northern Times

Representatives of the Flyers and Eastview Chev join together for a photo on Thursday.

Representatives of the Flyers and Eastview Chev join together for a photo on Thursday.



Well, it’s official. The Kapuskasing Flyers have a new sponsor in the form of Eastview Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. and both the franchise and its new benefactor seemed very excited when they announced the deal on Thursday.


The team will now be known as the Kapusaksing Eastview Chev Flyers.


“We’d like to thank Dufour Waste Disposal for their sponsorship. Today, we turn the page a new chapter for the Flyers,” said Team President, Darren Potvin. “We’re welcoming Eastview Chev RV to the Flyers family and we’re very happy to making this announcement.”


Potvin said both parties are excited about the new relationship, commenting a lot of ideas on how to burgeon the new relationship.


“Right from the start, (Eastview) came to the table with ideas,” he commented. “They were excited to partner with us and we in turn are excited to partner with them. We’d like to thank the Guertin family for their commitment to our franchise and the community.”


Representatives of the local business seemed equally happy with the new venture, saying the decision to sponsor the Flyers was pretty much a no-brainer.


“We’re very excited,” said Eastview Chev representatives “We’re not going to just be writing a cheque. We’re going to be helping with marketing and event planning as well. We place great importance on supporting the community. The Flyers are going to have a presence here at the dealership and we in turn will have a presence at the rink.”


New year, new look


In addition to the official unveiling of the team’s new major sponsor, the Flyers also unveiled their new jerseys for the 2017-2018 season.

“I’d like to thank our General Manager, Michel Lachance-Grzela for his role in the development and design of our new jerseys,” said Potvin.

The new duds feature a mix of a vintage look combined with a new and fresh perspective.

The home and away jerseys (dark blue and yellow respectively), feature the word “FLYERS” printed diagonally across the front, bear the Eastview logo on both shoulders and smaller versions of the team’s previous logo and the Great North Midget League logo on the back.


A new leader emerges 


Also on the docket Thursday, was the announcement of the Flyers’ new captain for the 2017-2018 season.

“I truly believe that as coaches, we’re going to make these young men into great hockey players,” said head coach Glen Denney. “But to become a championship team, it comes down to leadership and that can’t come from the coaching staff. It has to come from within the players. Good people make good Flyers and this young man epitomizes that philosophy. That being said, the first captain of the Eastview Chev Flyers is Jacob Comeau.”

Comeau, a third-year midget player said while he never had a specific goal in mind to be the team’s captain, that he is both honoured and thankful for the opportunity.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” he commented. “To tell you the truth it was a little emotional for me, when I got the call from Glen last week. I’m very happy to have been chose to lead the team this year.”

Comeau said the coaches’ expectations from him as a captain weren’t anything out of the ordinary.

“They want you to be a leader in the room and outside of it and to set a good example for the other players on the team,” he commented.

Denney said the choice of Comeau for captain was based on the young man’s contributions on and off the ice.

“He just a very positive person, who brings a lot of positive energy to the team,” said Denney. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play without a smile on his face. He works his butt off and his enthusiasm is infectious. He loves the game. He’s not just an example of how to do things right, but also of how this game is supposed to be fun.”