Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

M’Chigeeng skater wins provincial gold!!!

Congratulations to M’Chigeeng’s Deidre Debassige who has now an all-Ontario AA Midget OWHA gold medal around her neck…again! Her Sudbury Lady Wolves midget AA squad has just won the provincial gold medal for the 2nd year in a row. The Wolves are now prepping to go to Red Deer Alberta for the national championships the week of April 20-24.

The Wolves, defended their All-Ontario title with a 4-1 win over the Saugeen-Maitland Lightning, earning a trip to the 2015 Esso Cup in Red Deer, Alberta. Despite some early tournament struggle, Deidre and her squad needed to score in the final minute of a 2-1 opening game win but that was followed by a 4-3 loss to Waterloo. The team was undaunted thankfully, and got better as the weekend went on. Good luck, out west, Deidre.

Island basketball teams hit the Rainbow District

Congratulations to the CMPS Eagles and LCPS Coyotes and their recent foray in the RDSB championships last week. Mindemoya’s CMPS squad coached by Principal Tracey Chapman entered the B Division and played Princess Anne, Larchwood and Northeastern. The team were very competitive in all of their games two of their show-downs were absolute nail-biters and were decided by only two point differences.

Chris Haner was the high scorer for the team with a combined total of 30 points for the tournament. Matthew Redmond’s rebounds were awesome, Hunter Cranston’s breakaways amazing and Sean Orford’s defense was like no other! All of the other players: Quinn Coker, Alex Dawson, Ethan Smith, Brodie McAllister, C.J. Wilson and J.T. Wright all worked hard and gave it their all. Congratulations on a great season!

LCPS’ Coyotes took on the RDSB C division and although they didn’t get onto the medal podium but also represent Manitoulin well. Congratulations to all of the work both teams have done all season.

Panthers to pounce in 2015 – 2016

The Manitoulin Panthers’ organization is poised to have a great season starting this coming fall. The head coaches for the 15-16 campaign have been announced and it promises to be a strong season with five in all being named. In the Novice division Kevin Eshkawkogan was returned as the youngest Panther’s guide. In Atom Brent Assinewai a long-time coach and much sought after player in his own rite, will lead the grade 4-5 set. The PeeWee Coach Dean Hare, having just won the Nickel District championship at the Atom level looks to continue the success at the next level. Coach Craig Abotossaway will also jump up a division as he will now take on the Bantams. Finally, after a year without a midget squad, Steve Doane has been selected to pilot the returning midget crew.

The organization is continuing to hold its remaining tryouts this coming week. Additionally, the Midgets need to get a large contingent out to its “interest skate” tonight (NEMI Rec. Centre 9 – 10:00 in order to complete the successful return of the Midgets to the Panthers’ fold. All of the other divisions are also slated to skate this week. For exact times and appropriate forms: please check out

Island Ice Boltz skater has amazing season

Congratulations to Wikwemikong ex-pat, Aurora Ominka-Enosse after another amazing season net-minding between the pipes. The former Wikwemikong house-league and Lady Wolves player was eventually picked up this year by the Bantam “AA” Ice Bolts program out of North Bay.

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