Hockey and History in Nova Scotia
posted: Monday, November 14, 2016
In early November, the SJR Eagles hockey team ventured out to Sydney, Nova Scotia, to take part in the Cape Breton High School Hockey Tournament, known as the Mae Kibyuk Green and Gold Tournament. We were the first ever Western province team to travel/play in the tournament! In the first game, our Eagles were treated to over 800 fans supporting the host team (the Memorial Mauraders, who eventually won the tournament).
The games were fast-paced and exciting, but a few moments unfortunately led to some quick goals against us. A special round of applause, however, goes out to Captain Evan (Grade 12), who led the way with consistent play, physical force, and was a key contributor to our offense as well. Several new players and some unsung heroes really stepped up their game, including Josh (Grade 11) who brought strong positioning and made simple, effective plays.
While in Nova Scotia, the team also had a chance to take in the sights, such as the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton and Citadel Hill in Halifax; both National Historic Sites of Canada. They also visited the Miners’ Museum in Glace Bay, where they travelled through a mine located underneath the Atlantic and experienced an authentic feel of what life was like as a miner! To top off the trip, the team attended a QJMHL game and got to be part of the Hometown Hockey festival on Sportsnet, which featured our very own Winnipeg Jets vs. the New York Rangers.
Congratulations to the team for their hard work! This was an experience the team will never forget.