Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Manitoulin Minor Spotlight

In the MMHA Spotlight this week are the Mindemoya Thunder Bantams. The team has a healthy mix of Grade 8 and 9s and has had a very successful season. Some of the highlights of their campaign include finishing first overall to go into the playoffs with home-ice advantage. Also, the team has really made advancements as the year has progressed with their passing game and that has paid dividends in their play-downs. In the first round they had a spirited battle with Gore Bay but prevailed and will be starting their championship round against M’Chigeeng this week.

Congratulations to players: Matthew Redmond, Sean Orford, C.J. Wilson, Quinn Coker (heal quickly!), Ethan Smith, Chris Haner, Maddy Niven, Cassie Moggy, Tyler Hore, Trinity Leeson, Christian Young, Connor Mack, Bethany Wesno and Eric Orford. There is still time to put your team in the spotlight. Drop an email to the address at the bottom of the column!


Panther Points

The youngest Panthers closed out their regular season on Sunday in a tilt with Nickel City in Hammer. The Novice team has surprised everyone how competitive they have been all season. Although they didn’t have a win they picked up a number of ties and most importantly they stayed positive because they kept scores very close in most of their games.

Sunday was no different as they played a tight game defensively, got lots of chances and even pulled their netminder in the hope of picking up that elusive “W.” The team heads north this weekend for their Tournament of Champions in Iroquois Falls. Good luck team.

The Atoms dominated their second-last game of their regular season as they thrashed the Nickle City Vipers at home on Sunday 9 – 3! This coming Sunday they will host the Nickel City Junior Sons to round out their schedule. The team is currently in 3rd place of the four-team division one with an impressive 11 – 7 and 3 season record. The Atom Panthers will then welcome all NOHA “B” level teams the weekend for their Tournament of Champions.

The Peewee Panthers currently hold 4th position in the 11-team division-two standings with a few games in hand. The squad was competitive and put up a great 12 – 9 – 4 record. They head east this weekend to Mattawa where they will compete in their T.O.C.!

The Bantam Panthers are also in 4th place in division-two of the Nickel District League with their 7-16-3 tally. Their T.O.Cs take place in Englehart from March 13 – 15. Good luck to all the Panther teams!


Youth curling program going strong in Little Current

Thanks to the tireless work of Helen Gordon and her helpers, some 42 elementary aged kids have an amazing opportunity to curl twice a week and the NEMI Recreation Centre. Mrs. Gordon has 28 registered in the Grade 4 – 8 division and 14 in the Little Rocks program, run by Irene Callaghan. Helen credits her ability to accommodate so many children to the huge group of volunteers this season. She thanks Steve Arthurs, Raymond Beaudry, Terri Boyer, Margot Bickell and husband Bruce Gordon. There are also a great group of high school students who have been through her program and want to give back by helping to coach. Congratulations as well to Bradley Sayae, Bryce Mastelko, Morgan Hall and Dustin McKenzie.

The club’s two travelling teams have been having a very active season. The two rinks had the big city teams taking notice with their amazing skills. They were in Providence Bay this past weekend, in Espanola this coming weekend, Coniston the week after and then Helen will host a bonspiel on the Island the following weekend! Good luck teams.

Island Skate

The Skate Canada Manitoulin Club is pleased to announce that the 28th Island Skate will be held at the NEMI Recreation Centre in Little Current this March 27 – 29. The event, sanctioned by Skate Canada is open to any amateur figure skater in good standing with Skate Canada. All entries must be registered no later than February 14, 2015. All skaters’ test and age requirements are as of Jan. 1, 2015. More details and on-line registration at or contact organizers at with attention to Pat Wood.

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