Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

S.L.W. has huge Island contribution at big tourney!

Congratulations to Coach Brent Assinewai and daughter Ava Assinewai and their Sudbury Lady Wolves bantam squad who won the Bantam A championship of the 39th Annual Walter Gretzky Girls’ Hockey Tournament.

5th anniversary tourney has a big draw

Wiikwemkoong recently hosted its 5th annual hockey tournament with the top prize in the men’s division a whopping $10,000. This kind of coin attracted local teams as well as teams from Moose Factory, Quebec, Six Nations, Sudbury and the London area.

The men’s division champions were Waswanipi Chiefs from Quebec. Runners-up were the Six Nations’ Monsters.

The ladies’ division champions, Get ‘r Done, were a mix of mainly local players featuring: Katrina Pitawanakwat, Danika Gagnon, Jasmine Bouffard, Amanda Brownlee, Lindsay Dantouze, Tara Dantouze, Vanessa Charbonneau, Leslie Taylor, Sydney Little, Kelsey Trimble, Veronique Hamelin, Melissa Butler and Megan Smith. 

Runners-up were the familiar Bardown Beauts: Jess Augonie, Shelby Saucier, Amber Debassige, Mona Jones (coach), Erin Peltier-Morrison, Mispon Martin, Delaney Webkamigad, Sara Morrison-Lazarus and Shelley Trudeau,  Janelle Manitowabi (goalie), Jeanette Bondy, Amber Lewis, Shaylene Restoule, Danielle Shawana-Trudeau, Taz Lewis and Ruby Trudeau.

AAA Chips

In the U12 (Minor Peewee) Greyson Brewer-Case, Kohyn Eshkawkogan and their Nickel City Sons locked in first place with six straight wins to wrap up the AAA NOHL regular season Minor Peewee Division. They begin the first round of the playoffs in a best of five series against the North Bay Trappers beginning this Saturday in Chelmsford. Kohyn was the top scoring NOHL defence and finished 6th overall amongst all NOHL players.

For the U15 (Bantam) Billy Biederman and his Nickel City Sons have dominated most of the season and handily finished first in NOHL play with twice as many points as the second-place team. Billy is a key component of the team and finished second in team scoring and third amongst all NOHL players.

MMHA playoffs!

With the MMHA regular season recently ending, here are the present standings: In atom, M’Chigeeng had 30 pts to Wiikwemkoong’s 27. The peewee division was led by Wiikwemkoong with 36 pts to Mindemoya’s 27. Bantam was a tight race between Mindemoya (29) and Wiikwemkoong with 28. Finally, in midget M’Chigeeng took top spot with 32 points followed by Little Current having 19. Good luck and good sportsmanship to all teams!

Ex-pat wins silver in Sin City

Congrats to Mindemoya’s Jeff King who was on the runner-up team at the CanAm Challenge Cup in Las Vegas!

From one driver’s seat to another?

Sports fan or not, you are likely aware of Saturday’s NHL record breaking weekend. David Ayers, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver (and sometimes a practice netminder for Toronto’s Marlies and Leafs) had a whirlwind Saturday once he learned he would suit up as an emergency goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes! NHL teams customarily dress two backstops and cross their fingers they both don’t get hurt during a game. In an important game for both the Leafs and Canes, Ayers hit the familiar ice, almost turning the wrong way but was guided to the Carolina side. 

The Hurricanes were up 3 – 1 when David’s phone lit up to get on the ice. A tough situation for anyone and the Leafs took advantage, scoring on their first two shots. Carolina from then on played some inspired hockey offensively and defensively to help Ayers to a couple of NHL record. In his 6 – 3 victory, David became the first emergency goalie to record a win and the oldest NHL tender ever to tally a “W.” 

There are a multitude of online stats-geek websites and all have both teams above 50 percent chances of making the postseason. One of them did drop the Leafs’ chances half of a percent to 59.5 after the loss. Still well within reach, although a tad below the lofty 85 percent back in January.

The feel good story had my family and friends cracking wise about my brother, himself a former goalie, Zamboni driver and even with a new hip as opposed to Ayer’s replaced kidney. Although closing in on 50, he still has cat-like reflexes and can lift heavy things. Keep your phone on, Wade! 

Winning contraction!?

I reported last week that in Wiikwemkoong’s 5th Annual Hockey tournament (February 14-16) that the winning team was the Victorious Secret team (not, Get ‘r Done). Unfortunately the Secrets did not win but it was good excuse to mention an excellent team name. Good luck in your next tournament, Victorious Secrets!

A good sport is good for sports.