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).”
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.
On March 14, the hockey season came to an abrupt end across the country, as Hockey Canada announced the immediate suspension of all activities in response to health advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst the groups affected was the North Glen-Stor Minor Hockey Association, which saw games cancelled, and eventually the remainder of the playoff season. Along with that came the cancelling of the traditional end-of-season celebration, where awards are handed out. So for 2020, the honourees were recognized virtually.
Using the group’s Facebook page, players and volunteers across the association were honoured.
Here are the special award recipients (NGSMHA graphics)…
International Women’s Day was marked on Sunday, March 8, and the NGS Minor Hockey Association took note, honouring the girls who play on their various teams.
The Braves ice teams that compete in the compete in the UCMHL (rep ‘B’) and the LSMHL (house). Several of the teams are still in action this season, including the novice tier 4 squad, which is scheduled to skate tonight in Long Sault, versus the South Stormont Selects, at 6 p.m.
Three former NGS Braves minor hockey players suited up in the recent HEO ‘AA’ all-star game.
The boys – Jacob Nolan, Brennan Atkins, and Seamus Hardy – are members this season of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ major midget team, which has a record of 10 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties in the HEO Minor AA league, good for fourth place. Nolan is third in team scoring, with 14 points. Hardy has 12 points, Atkins 11.
The Rapids’ next game is slated for Sunday in Kanata (taking on the fifth-ranked Blazers) to wrap up the 2019 portion of their schedule. Looking ahead to the new year, Seaway Valley will play in Maxville on January 8 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the first-place Nepean Raiders