Hope pee wee defender Jaida Conway stretches to foil the shot of Mission’s Hannah Wood at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Wood managed to knock it past goalie Hayden Weed for her first-ever goal. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Hope pee wee defender Jaida Conway stretches to foil the shot of Mission’s Hannah Wood at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Wood managed to knock it past goalie Hayden Weed for her first-ever goal. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Hockey news on many fronts for Hope teams, players and tournaments

Womens’ provincials coming to Hope, Dawson Pelletier plays with the chiefs and teams active in all divisions

The Hope and District Minor Hockey Association is fielding single teams in all divisions from Atom up, said club registrar Melissa Weed, Tuesday.

“This is my fourth year as registrar and the numbers have stayed pretty consistent,” said the Agassiz resident, who figured there were slightly more players from Hope than from Agassiz-Harrison. All are classed as ‘C’ or house league teams.

“It’s nice to see a lot of younger kids coming out,” she added. “Hockey 1 and 2, combined, have 16 players and Hockey 3 and 4, combined, have 17. The Midgets have 20.”

The first home tournament is for the Midgets, on the November 16 weekend, with the Peewees following on the November 30 weekend and Atoms on December 14-16. After Christmas, the Bantams have theirs on the January 18 weekend. Hockey 2 and 3 follow with events starting February 1 and 22.

The Peewee Wildcats travelled to Mission for a tournament last weekend. I attended their second game, Friday and was impressed by the speed of captain Quinn Robinson on his end-to-end rushes — and by the skills and effort shown by three girls, Cassidy Case and Jaida Conway for Hope, and Hannah Wood for Mission.

Women’s hockey will be showcased in Hope March 29-31, when the town hosts the South Coast Women’s Hockey provincials. There will be six teams of high calibre female hockey players, following a 26-game season in the 9-team “South Coast” league that now includes Kamloops and Prince George.

The Fraser Valley Jets are the defending champs from last season and are currently tied with the Kamloops Vibe for top spot, with matching 5-and-1 records. Jets captain, Amanda Christie, lives in Agassiz. More on this tournament, closer to the date.

In other hockey news, Hope resident and former Hope Minor Hockey goalie, Dawson Pelletier is training with the Chilliwack Chiefs as an affiliate, giving them a backup goalie while Daniel Chenard is recovering from hip surgery.

The affiliation agreement allows Pelletier to still play for the Major Midget Thunderbirds, which he helped to a BC championship last year. If the T-Birds earn a berth to the prestigious Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary, Pelletier would be authorized to play, while only affilliated with the Chiefs.

In order to make the mid-day Chiefs practices, Pelletier is billeting in Chilliwack and doing his grade 12 studies in the morning at Sardis Secondary, said Pelletier’s dad, Brad.

More on this story in the coming weeks.

 

Hope pee wee Wildcat coach, Dan Case, talks to his players during a break at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Hope pee wee Wildcat coach, Dan Case, talks to his players during a break at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Hope pee wee goalie, Hayden Weed closes his eyes and hopes for the best on a shot at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard

Hope pee wee goalie, Hayden Weed closes his eyes and hopes for the best on a shot at the Mission tournament, last Friday. Barry Stewart/Hope Standard