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Panthers in league championships this weekend!

Best wishes to all the Manitoulin Panthers that are on the road this coming weekend for the Nickel District tournament-style playoffs. The Novice squad is riding a high after seeing great success up in Iroquois Falls at the NOHA Tournament of Champions. The Atom team had a great run all season and ended up finishing second in their Division 1 standings. The second youngest Panthers hope to turn that into gold this weekend. The Peewees will get to play for first place in division two after pulling to fourth place by season’s end. Finally, the senior, Bantam Panthers will take try to convert their fourth place standings in division 2 into a podium finish. Good luck Panthers!

Panthers’ tryouts soon

In order for the Panther organization to continue putting together competitive teams every year they have moved to spring tryouts to pick and finalize teams for the 2015/6 season. Also, it is important to note that there will be an interest skate for the midget level. Unfortunately, the Panthers were not able to ice a midget level squad through this current year due to a lack of numbers. The Panthers offer a great opportunity for midget-aged players with double the number of regular season games over other local offerings. Tryouts for goalies, skills assessments and scrimmages all start on April 13th. There are important reminders and forms posted on the Panthers website at

Local players and teams find success at Little N.H.L.!

Congratulations to the Wikwemikong Junior T-Birds Novice squad who won the “C” Division on the competitive side at the LNHL down in Mississauga over the March Break. The young squad won the “C” thanks to the kids playing so well together despite playing on different teams. Their record was 3 wins and 2 losses. One of those losses, in their first game – Batchewana, who eventually went on to win the “A” Final! Their lineup included Panther Novice players: Kallan Jones (who was their Goalie extraordinaire, playing so well all week), Ava Assinewai, Kordell Elijah, Charlie Halverson and Keannu Bisschops. The rest of the team were all Wikwemikong band members and play on a couple of teams:

The rest were from all different teams: Jaden Shawana, Tristin Wassengeso, Coltin Wassengeso,

Alex Peltier, Sladen Peltier, Cameron Manitowabi, Lucas Jacko, Tryce Francis and Reese Shigwadja and guided by Coach Brent Assinewai.

The Wikwemikong Peewee Hawks also played great, victorious as the “B” Champs in their Little NHL run. The team played 5 games during the tournament‎ and won 4 games with just 1 loss. Players feature:

Ian Dokum, Franchesca Pheasant, Kenneth Kagige, Jonas Mejaki, Spencer Dickson, CJ Newbury, Kelton Assinewai, Quinn McConnell, Latrell Peltier, Trinity Henry, Keisai Beaudry, JC Kaboni, Taryn Peltier, John Green, Kieran Stark, Gabriel Trudeau, Dante Recollet and Malachi Shawanda and Coaches: Dominic Beaudry, Bruno Henry, Albert Peltier Jr. and Annie Dokum. If you would like to celebrate your team’s success at the LNHL drop a note to

Vicki Corbiere Memorial Bursary winners

Part of the annual festivities include recognition of those former Little N.H.L players who have gone on to post-secondary education. Five $1000 bursaries established in memory of Manitoulin’s Vicki Corbiere were handed out to students currently enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary program. Two Manitoulin students were honoured for their academics. Congratulations to longtime Panther player, Kieran Peltier when he hailed from Wikwemikong. Kieran is studying Strength and Sport Conditioning at Canadore College. Former Aundek Omni Kaning player Santana Francis is now earning her Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Keep up the good work guys.


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