The North Glen-Stor Minor Hockey Association recently announced its player of the week, an initiative to celebrate the skaters within the organization in what is a very different kind of season for the sport.
The latest honoree is Xavier Gauthier, a first-year member of the U9 group (novice) this season. According to the announcement, the youngster attends École La Source and “is fast on his skates and has a shot that can’t miss. Xavier loves playing hockey games, and with all the amazing development he’s getting this year with NGS coach Greg Claus, he’s sure to be a force to be reckoned with once he faces his opponents later this season. Xavier credits his love of the game to his amazing coaches, coach Mitch, coach Jeff, and of course, coach Dad (Denis Gauthier).”
Be sure to check out the NGSMHA Facebook page for more news and future players of the week.
Like all minor hockey associations, this fall has seen numerous changes to operations, primarily due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The fall schedule is one of training and development, with all activities centred at the rink in Finch. There are no games permitted. As well, there are strict health and safety protocols in place.
Traditionally, NGS activities are split between ice surfaces in Finch and Maxville, and teams would play league games against squads from across the region, in one of two leagues, the Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League or the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League. The hope is that “normal” operations can resume come January.
Another change taking effect this year is the name applied to each level of play. Gone are words such as atom and midget, replaced with age-level designations.
- Midget is now U18
- Bantam is now U15
- Peewee is now U13
- Atom is now U11
- Novice is now U9
- Initiation program (IP) now now U7