Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Local puts up points in the “O”!

Congratulations to Aundek Omni Kaning’s Samuel Assinewai who plays for the Flint Firebirds in the Ontario Hockey League. Sam scored a goal and an assist in a home game against the Kitchener Rangers. Way to go, Samuel!

NOJHL Sniper continues

Rookie Billy Biederman a forward with the Greater Sudbury Cubs currently sits at 20 points, 12 goals and 8 assists! That stat put him in 10th place in NOJHL points leaders and tied for 5th in goals alone!

Manitoulin Minor Hockey, underway!

The 2021 – 2022 MMHA season began last Thursday and with just 20 teams in the schedule in total. Longtime MMHA scheduler, Greg Lockeyer can remember seeing five or six teams from each community and even recalls the days when Massey was in the league. This fall, Greg thought that he had retired from his annual drafting up the schedule. A daunting feat even though there are just the 20 teams. He has to consider time slots from six arenas, arrange that home teams have a consistent home-game night, young teams early and never late on a Sunday night, etc. On top of that it all has to fit in the limited time between deer season and ice-out in early March!

When the schedule went to print there were only three U-7 (formerly known as tykes) teams. The U-11 (atoms) division was not much better with four teams. The U-13 (peewee) game will feature four teams as well. The formerly known as bantams, U-15’s managed five teams Island-wide. The U-18 (no longer ‘midgets’) will ice four teams.

MMHA will need officials!

The lack of teams is not the only disappointment to the on-ice official of over 40 years, but lack of referees and officials as well. Greg recalls that being a ref back in the day was not for the “thin-skinned” when players and parents would hurl abuse, like it was, “part of the game”.  “Things have really improved in the rinks for young officials”, but it is still so hard for communities to find refs. Some games might end up being postponed or forfeited if officials can’t be secured. So, if you know a young person out there that you think would like to try it out your local associations will pay for all of the training and be thankful to do it!

Winter eight-ball pool? 

A group interested in getting people together to play pool this winter had their first event this past weekend, November 13th at the Spring Bay home of Joyce and Ray Digout. The plan is to have a host for this coming Saturday and every Saturday night until spring. Organizers are just asking that participants have their double vaccination proof available. For more information, call 705-377-7050.

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