The Wawa Minor Hockey Association is proud to be hosting the “NOHA Bantam C Tournament of Champions” this coming weekend; March 11, 12 & 13, 2011. Wawa will host seven teams; the Wawa Bantam Travellers, Timmins North Stars, Cochrane Paps Power Shop Blues, Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds, West Ferris Promo Sports Trappers and from Sault Ste. Marie; New York Fries and Joe’s No Frills. The action begins on Friday at 11:20 am with games scheduled throughout the day. Opening Ceremonies will be at 6 pm, with the hometown team taking to the ice immediately after to face off against the team from Cochrane.
Wawa fans had a chance to see the Bantam Travellers in action during their home tournament at the end of January, when they earned their reputation as “the comeback kids”. Since then, they have continued to play well; taking 3rd place at the Elk’s Tournament in Thunder Bay in early February. They also travelled to Cheboygan, MI to play exhibition games. In Cheboygan, the team walked away with two ties of 3-3, a loss of 4-3 and a win of 4-0. They have continued to improve their team play and have proven to be a fast skating, hardworking team who never gives up. Coach Nick Alexopoulos has high hopes for this team stating …“These kids have developed and grown together as a hard working team. With 100% effort from each player, we could be successful in hanging a NOHA banner in our arena ”
In the line-up for this weekend are goaltenders; Jarret Ralph and Chris Roberts. Playing forward are: Bradley Vachon-Case, James Roberge, Samuel Lacroix, Yannick Gendron, Bryan Mills, Noah Asselin, Raphael Ramsay, Jason Rouleau and Evra Levesque and covering the defense are: Callie Paddock, Alexis Alexopoulos, Dusan Kusic, Jacob Valois, Edie Levesque and Kaleb Legault. Coaching and management staff include Head coach; Nick Alexopoulos, Assistant coaches; Scott Carruthers, Eric Levesque and Alain Lacroix, Trainer; Petar Kusic and Manager; Roger Roberge.
This is it folks, it’s our comparison to the Stanley Cup; it’s what players in Northern Ontario play for all season. Come on out and cheer on the team; encourage them in their battle to win the banner so that these players can see their names hanging on our arena walls! It is guaranteed to be another exciting weekend of hockey in Wawa. Go Wawa Go!