Ice Chips to Canoe Quips

Manitowaning Wolves howl!

The Manitowaning Wolves held their annual hockey banquet last week with a truckload of awards given out to many of the young participants. Taking home their share were the Atoms who had the opportunity to display their Soo Extravaganza banner they were presented with as winners of that tournament.

A nice addition to the banner was the name of each player on the victorious squad, including: Ava Assinewai. Brooke Gibeault, Xavier Mara, Riley Wassegijig-Migwans, Grace Pitawanakwat, Emily Roque, Ava Fields, Zoey Trudeau, Andrew Cooper, William McComb, Brodie Pennie, Alex Peltier and Kordell Elijah.

Ex-pat garners honours

Aurora Ominika-Enosse of Wikwemikoong spent this past year in the Toronto area and had an extraordinary list of accomplishments. She was the head of a leadership campaign to be student trustee for the North York District School Board. She was also named the captain of her high school football team and to top it off she was named to the North York Midget girls! Way to go Aurora, only up from here!

Lady Wolf at Provincials!

Congratulations to Mindemoya’s Hailey McGillis-Prior and her Bantam Lady Wolves on their Provincial push two weeks ago. The team did very well, finishing 11th out of 56 teams in the province for the year! They started by playing Guelph and won 3-0 then they played the Whitby Wolves (who ended up winning the bronze) Friday night and lost in a close, very hard fought game 1-0, just coming up short. On Sunday they played Ennismore (who won silver) and lost to them 4-0. All in all the girls had a very good year. Way to go Hailey, keep up the hard work, for next year.

Young Manitoulin Lady Wolves sign

Congratulations to a member of this past year’s champion, Manitoulin Peewee Panther Aysia Debassige who will skate for the Sudbury Lady Wolves this coming season. Aysia, who previously played for the Wolves, played for the Panthers this past year to solidify an excellent team. Although beset by a number of injuries this year, she was able to return late in the season and help the Peewee Panthers win the NDHL Cup.

Also being signed by the Lady Wolves is the hard-working, two-way playing Ava Assinewai and athletic and active netminder Macie Setterington. Congratulations girls and have an amazing season.

…another AAA Islander

Ten-year-old Jaden Shawana (youngest of Eddie and Ramona) played hockey in the Sudbury this past year Major Atom AA Sudbury Wolves. The youngster just made the lineup to the Minor Peewee AAA Sudbury Wolves where he is a smart, strong defenseman and continues to work hard and is really enjoying the game. Have an awesome season, Jaden.

NOJHL to Dudley, yes. Then to RBC?

Salutations to Bo Peltier and his Powassan Voodoos (farm team for the OHL’s North Bay Battalion) on winning the NOJHL championship over the Blind River Beavers in a convincing final series. The Voodoos thus qualify for the Provincial Jr. A championship series for the Dudley-Hewitt trophy. The all-Ontario matchup is to be held next week in Trenton. Opponents will include the hometown Hawks, the Dryden Ice Dogs and the Georgetown Raiders. The winner advances to the Canadian championships, known as the RBC Cup which will be held in Coburg from May 13-21. Go Bo!

Golf anyone?

The Rainbow Ridge golf course in Manitowaning is set to host their 2017 Warm-up Scramble on May 13. Also, not actually sports but sure to get your heart pumping, they also plan a murder mystery on the 12th. Add to that on the next weekend a Glow Ball tournament. Like the Canadiens, Flames and the Leafs you can start your golf earlier than expected. For more information check out rainbowridgegolfcourse.com

NAIG kudos

Congrats to Grace Assiniwe (daughter of Sally) on being named to the Ontario Under-19 soccer team for NAIG 2017 to be held in Mississauga this summer.

Happy birthday to you!

Best wishes to (now) Aundek Omni Kaning’s Reggie Leach, the Riverton Rifle. We admire the attention Reggie pays to young, Island players. Thanks for your time improving hockey for our youngsters, Mr. Leach.

Fitness Fame

Wiikwemkoong’s Marion Jacko, who is a coach with the NAIG Team Ontario, also has two daughters playing minor hockey in the Toronto area this vicinity. Thuraya suits up for the North York Storm Peewee A on top of playing lacrosse on a boys’ team. Older sister Wasky also plays for North York on a midget team where she is a goalie. Marion herself always active, recently donned the equipment in a road-hockey Cure for Cancer fundraiser. Congratulations to this energetic family. If you can nominate anyone (yourself included!) for a “Fitness Fame” acknowledgement please send info to address below.