Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Lady Wolves in Esso Cup

M’Chigeeng’s Deidre Debassige a stalwart on defense for the Sudbury Lady Wolves AA squad is now in Red Deer Alberta for the National Midget championship Esso Cup. The defending bronze medalist are in a great position with two wins in two games. They eked out a close 3-2 game over the Saskatoon Stars on Sunday and then pommeled the Moncton Rockets 9 – 1 on Monday with Deidre picking up a helper on the final score. The round-robin goes to Thursday and the finals are slated for this coming weekend. To follow the action visit the Hockey Canada website and search Esso Cup 2015. Go Deidre!


Boston Marathon

Congratulations to former Mindemoya runner, and Mustang OFSAA medalist Kaitlyn Toohey (nee Tallman) who competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon. On a course and in conditions not know for record times the former 800 and 1500m specialist demonstrates she has a panache for the marathon as well as she turned in a 3:20: 42km effort! Great job Kaitlyn.


Mustang Badminton

The MSS Mustang Badminton squad finished up their season last week after a successful run to the northern Ontario NOSSA championships. Beginning at NSSA (North Shore Championships) The Midget Boys’ James Scott won the gold medal in boys’ singles. In Junior Boys Doubles’ Ethan and Hunter Taibossigai also won Gold! In Junior Boys Singles’ Tait Wallace took Silver as did Matt and David Scott in Senior Boys Doubles.

At NOSSA then, James Scott finished 5th in midget boys singles and Ethan and Hunter Taibossigai finished 4th in Junior Boys Doubles. Many thanks to coaches Peter Tallman and Casey Boisvert.

The behind the scenes medal however has to go to Mason Pine who demonstrated a tremendous amount of dedication and guts to make it to his pre-NSSSA competition. Unable to secure a ride to meet the bus for a 5:00 AM departure at MSS, Mason woke at 2:00, left Tehkummah on his bike at 3:00 in the cold, dark and wet morning but sadly just missed his ride by five minutes. Undeterred he managed to get a ride from a very sleepy parent (Steve Doane) to beat the bus to Little Current. Great job, Mason!


3 on 3

There were several local teams competing in the Skater’s Edge 3 on 3 tournament this past weekend over in Sudbury. At this point I have been only able to glean results from three teams. The Manitowaning Wolves-based, house-league squad had a fabulous way to end the hockey season. For some, it was their first hockey tournament ever, and what a great experience to combine atom players from Manitowaning and Little Current to make a fabulous team. The team played five action packed games with goalie Jorja Peltier never letting them down with amazing saves. The team welcomed hot shots Jared Toope and Brett Mastelko who joined the team from Little Current showing everyone just how fast they could fly down that ice. Cord Hughson, David Gibbons and Steven White were in the power forward position when called upon. They also couldn’t have done so well without the digging from the defense players of Jack Pennie and Christopher White. Finally, they also needed the sniping talents of skaters Ethan Dey and Joel Mailloux who drained some timely goals. Even though they only came away with one win, they left with a bucketful of great memories. The team appreciates the efforts of manager extraordinaire Michelle Dey for putting together a great team and the coaching lineup of Jeremy Mailloux, Jackie White and Jamie Peltier.

The Novice Panther team was also representing the ‘Rep” division as a split squad, entering two teams. The Panther White side and the Snipe Dogs. Both teams fought hard in the very competitive format but were unable to come up with a win. Fittingly their final game of the weekend was the inevitable matchup between teammates and fittingly it was a spirited match that ended in a 4 – 4 tie. Congratulations to all Panther Novice!

The White squad Coached by Brent Assinewai and Bart Case and trainer, Raechelle Cranston-Case guided their team of Ava Assinewai, Kallan Jones, Aiden Case, Kordell Elijah, Cole Hughson, Brodie Pennie and Keannu Bisschops.

The Snipe Dogs featured: Saraya Eshkawkogan, Daylyn McGregor, Raidyn McGregor, Charlie Halverson, Jaron Panamick, Kohyn Eshkawkogan, Zaagaasge Toulouse as well as team staff: Coaches Kevin and Josh Eshkawkogan and Trainer Clara Corbiere.

This coming weekend there will be a huge Manitoulin presence over in the Sault’s 3 on 3 weekend. To feature your team here next week please send details to the email address below


Amazing sailing experience?

Ahoy, great news! The Little Current Yacht Club will once again be offering youth sailing lessons for the 2015 summer season Lessons will take place in Little Current at Low Island during July and August.   Online registrations will become available soon. In the meantime, feel free to send an email to if you are interested in registering for the program or have any questions.


Former Panther prevailing over mighty foe

Congratulations to former Manitoulin Panther player and Coach Lucas Little who has been showing health improvements in his battle against cancer. He is looking and feeling healthy since his last round of treatments. Stay strong and positive, Lucas!


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