HEO Minor's streak continues with Roger's Hometown Hockey. Steffan Schilkie of the Muskrat MHA entered at the Petawawa stop and is the national champion. Here is an excerpt from the HomeTown Hockey facebook page.
Way to go Steffan Schilkie from Town of Petawawa! Your incredible #trickshots skills brought the win in the Rogers Hometown Hockey Trick Shots competition and you'll be heading to Windsor for the Memorial Cup!
It gives us great pleasure to acknowledge that The Cumberland Dukes Atom A1 team is the national winner of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Cheer Contest.
Thank you to all who voted for them.
This past weekend saw the culmination of the season with the annual Branch B Championships. This year marked the 38th edition and for the first time in memory the four divisions were held at a single location on the same weekend. By all accounts the format was well received and a tremendous sucess.
The Champions are:
Novice: Mississippi Thunder Kings
Atom: CharLan Rebels
PeeWee: Ottawa Sting
Bantam: Stittsville Rams
The winning teams pictures are in our slider.
Denis Dumais and the rest of the Executive offer congratulations to Marc Richer, HEO Minor Director at Large, and his organizing committee for the successful weekend.
Thanks are also extended to the Associations and teams that worked all season to be able to qualify for the tournament.
Here is a note from the OBMHL that we received.
On behalf of the OBMHL and our teams I would like to thank you all for the Branch Championship weekend.
All of our teams had a great time and enjoyed the experience.
We have had only good things said about the tournament format weekend and glad that we could help make this event a success.
Yours in minor hockey,
Robert (Bob) Picard
Hockey Canada is making it mandatory that its youngest players get introduced to the game on pint-sized ice surfaces, but the just-announced policy isn't anything new in Manitoba.
Hockey Manitoba executive director Peter Woods said that change was made in Manitoba about two years ago and they plan to take it a step further.
"Hockey Manitoba certainly supports it. This is a national initiative that's gone across the country now," he said.
"We introduced this regulation into our program two years ago, so we've been operating under that premise for the last two years, so the rest of the country is just catching up to us right now."
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Hockey Canada said the mandatory policy of half-ice, or cross-ice, for its initiation programs for five and six-year-olds will take effect for the 2017-18 season.
Woods said Manitoba Hockey received a little bit of pushback when the initiative was first brought in, but the results speak for themselves.
"Anytime you make the space a little bit smaller you are increasing the pace of the game, so that means the reaction times for players have to be increased," he said.
Kids are having more contact time with the puck, pushing players to refine their skills.
Woods said Manitoba is taking one more step moving seven and eight-year-olds to half-ice, too.
"It's just a progression, so they will be doing that for the first half of the season up until Dec. 31, and from Jan. 1 on they will be playing full ice. So it's a transition," Woods said.
"It's an opportunity for them to still refine their skills at a smaller ice-surface level and then expand that after the new year into the full-ice."
While there may be a bit of backlash to begin with, Woods said he expects the change to also be embraced not only in Manitoba but across the country.
This week is the time for the All-Ontario PeeWee Championships
The PeeWee All-Ontario's are in Toronto this year and our representative is the Eastern Ontario Wild. That tournament begins on April 3rd and here is a link to that event http://ohf-site.stats.pointstreak.com/players-division-schedule.html?div...