Team Canada East team plays hard but loses Junior A Hockey Challenge

Michael Laidley, number 21, of Little Current and his fellow Team Canada East players enjoy a break outside of the arena during their trip to the World Jr. A Hockey Challenge in Saskatchewan.

KINDERSLEY, SASK.—Team Canada East, led by captain Michael Laidley of Little Current, played hard and left it all on the ice last week at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, but sadly it wasn’t enough to take home the win.

After losing 7 to 1 against the United States last Thursday, Team Canada East went head to head with Russia for bronze. Unfortunately, Team Canada East couldn’t get it in the net and lost 2 and 0.

“It was a tough game, right from the start,” Mr. Laidley told The Expositor of his team’s game against the US. “It would have been great to win a World Jr. A medal, but it was a great experience just playing and getting to meet some really good other players. It was an honour to play for Team Canada East.”

The 5’11, 170 lbs forward may have been disappointed at the World Jr. As, but he has a lot to look forward to back home in Ontario as captain of the Aurora Tigers and a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY next fall.

Congratulations, Michael.