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A warrior is worthless unless he rises above others and stands strong in the midst of a storm." 

-Yamamoto Tsunetomo

 

Entries in tournament (17)

Monday
Dec222014

Pats and Congrats: CHBA Wings Atom A Win Amherst Bluenose Tournament

UE Motto: Be a Warrior!It seems like I can't keep up with the accomplishments of our teams, as I get tournament highlights into my inbox every week.

Here is a great little story of two 'tenders that delivered the goods for their team at the Amherst Bluenose Tournament.  Jack Howie, second-year Atom vet, and his goalie partner Rylan Schneiderman, a first-year up-and-coming rookie.

The kids had a tough time securing a spot to the elimination round, but an outstanding effort by Jack Howie to tie, 2-2 gave the Atom A's the needed pointed to secure a spot in the finals.

Rylan came out calm and collected to beat Sackville, NB's team 7-0 to win the gold.

Both boys are continuing to perform well throughout the regular season.  Jack is a solid goalie with amazing fundamentals.  Smaller in stature than most, he understands the game and knows what he has to do to play "big".  Rylan is a dynamic and aggressive goalie.  With gymnastic-like flexibility and "in-your-face" goaltending style, he knows how to mix it up to keep the opposition shooters guessing.

Way go, coaches and crew!!

Atom A Wings survive and then strive in the Jungle!!

Friday
Dec052014

Pats and Congrats: DWMHA Midget AA Girls Win Gold at SEDMHA

UE Motto: Be a Warrior!It seems odd to be talking about SEDMHA in December, but the SEDMHA organizers have moved the female division's tournament to the part way through the 2014-15 season.  I think it is a great idea and due to the shortage of rinks in Dartmouth, the entire tournament was held in the BMO Center in Bedford. 

Even though many of my female teams were not playing in their natural "home" rinks, the girls at all age categories performed at the highest level and help net Dartmouth/Cole Harbour associations a neck-full of hardware.

My first shout out goes to a couple of young ladies that have been workhorses for their associations for years: Dana Melanson of the Whalers and CPA, and Nicole Lowe of the Wings and Auburn High.  Both girls play a ton of games for their high school teams and have shared duties with the Midget AA girls over the last two years.

They continue to reap the results of hard work and they netted themselves another gold medal for the trophy case by winning it all at their home tournament, the SEDMHA Honda for 2014.  Not much more to say and I'll let the numbers speak for themselves.  Even though both girls are coming off long injuries, they totally nailed it by allowing only four goals against in four games, and even pitching back-to-back shutouts in the semi-finals and finals.  

I couldn't be prouder of these two tendies.  They're both dedicated to the craft!

Gentle smiles with eyes as hard as coffin nails!

Tuesday
Nov252014

Pats and Congrats: CHBA Wings PW AAA Win Sherwood Park Early Bird

UE Motto: Be a Warrior!My first shout-out of the season.  I'm really behind on these, as many of my local teams are coming out of the gate strongly and competing beyond initial expectations.

Without further ado, I'll post my first Pat and Congrats to a team and pair of goalies that I've had the priviledge to work with since Novice and Atom.  Josh MaCarther and Will Hambley are two dynamite work-horses for their association.  Josh is originally from Easter Shore and has opportunities to play AAA hockey in both Dartmouth and Cole Harbour.  Will Hambley has been a mainstay in rep hockey for Cole Harbour since his strapped the pads on.

The Cole Harbour duo travelled to PEI with their PW AAA to battle in the challenging Sherwood Park Early Bird tournament.  Two ties in the round robin required a little luck into getting into the semi-finals.  Two solid games in the final two games allowed Josh and Will to clinch the gold with a team GAA of 1.75.

I know strong tournament play requires solid goaltending throughout and both boy delivered.  Good work!!

Smiling faces for a job well done.

Monday
Feb172014

Pats and Congrats: Dartmouth Whalers Atom B at PEI Southside Lynx 2014 Invitational

One of the earlier tournament results of 2014 that I have to mention on the blog is the terrific result of the Dartmouth Whalers Atom B team in P.E.I.  The boys took home gold in a strong effort where both the goalies excelled.

Gavin Fitzgerald (1st year atom) and Connor MacMillan (2nd year) put together a 5-0 record, all the while shoe-horning the tournament with some great Central Minor Hockey game results.

A well-earned tournament victory!!

Gavin is deep into his 2nd year of goaltending and has come along beyond my high expectations.  He continues to work hard and show his passion for the game.  So much so, that he even took on the added burden of playing goal for one of the local ringette teams.  He may be one of the few goalies that is on the ice more than I am!!

Connor was a new goalie to me.  I had a couple chances to work with him last year in the well-attended Whaler goalie developments sessions, but I didn't have much one-on-one time with him.  This year, working with the Atom B team of the Whalers, has given me a lot of opportunities to work with this great little netminder.  He has a great attitude and work ethic.  In addition, while he is still picking up the fundamentals required of modern goaltending, he has so much natural raw ability and desire, I know that he will continue to skyrocket in "goalie skill".  

Both boys have become a great tandem and terrific friends which goes to show you how important and rewarding a strong goalie partnership is.  It's been a pleasure working with them and I hope we have many years of development together!!

Congrats to two "Monster Goalies!"

 

Monday
Feb172014

Pats and Congrats: Max Walford of the CHBA Bantam AA Wings

UE Motto: Be a Warrior!!This is a just a shout-out to dandy young goaltender from Cole Harbour who had an outstanding performance at the famous Royal Canadian Legion Cup in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Max Walford was voted to the second all-star team and got to take home some nice hardware.

His Wings played in a very tough division, but Max was able to squeeze out two wins with a 2.0 GAA.

I have been working with Max since his first year atom and he has great potential and athletic ability.  As he gets years under his belt, his maturity is really starting to drive his work ethic and this has resulted in some major advancements in his skill.  It is a terrific thing to see.

Max (1st year bantam) is teamed up this year again with his goalie partner and great friend, Landon Campbell (2nd year bantam).  They have both pushed and supported each other in what has been a tough season for the Wings' Bantam AA team.  I can't say enough about having a good working relationship with your goalie partner.  The position of tender is hard and lonely as it is, but to be isolated from your partner can make things downright miserable.

Way to go, Max!!

Max Walford with some well-earned awards!