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Lil’ NHL winners for 2018

Lil’ NHL winners for 2018

MISSISSAUGA – Six Nations Minor Hockey showed well at the lil’ NHL, all-indigenous hockey tournament in Mississauga over the March Break. More than 200 teams representing reserves from throughout Ontario competed in what has become the premier all-indigenous minor hockey tournament in Canada. This year’s tournament attracted a record number of teams, 209 in all,

MISSISSAUGA – Six Nations Minor Hockey showed well at the lil’ NHL, all-indigenous hockey tournament in Mississauga over the March Break.
More than 200 teams representing reserves from throughout Ontario competed in what has become the premier all-indigenous minor hockey tournament in Canada.
This year’s tournament attracted a record number of teams, 209 in all, with the girl’s divisions showing the most growth.

Founders of the tournament, Earl Abotossaway, former Chief Jim McGregor, the late James D. Debassige, the late Reverend Leonard Self and the late Norman Debassige organized the first tournament during the Christmas break in 1971.

The first tournament had 17 teams and a modest 200 players in Little Current. Today, in 2018, the tournament has grown to 209 teams and approximately 3000 players.

There were 519 games in four days on 15 ice surfaces out of the Hershey Centre, Iceland, Meadowvale, Tomken Arenas and newly added in 2018, is the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre and Arena.

After working through the preliminary round, Thursday March 15th, it was the Championship rounding all divisions, at the Iceland rink as the Hershey Centre itself was preparing for Saturday night’s boxing show, which featured Six Nations own Karl Hess.

Six Nations’ Atom Wolverines lost 6-0 to the Batchewana Attack who took the A Division Gold Medal leaving the Silver for Six Nations after a great series.

The Six Nations Ironmen won the Boys Bantam A Final defeating the AOK Eagles in a tight 2-1 game.

In the Girls Midget A Final, Nipissing First Nations squeezed out a 3-2 win over the Six Nations Wild, who took home the Gold while “The Wild” strong performance for the Silver, just missing the Gold Medal by one goal.

Final day’s results:
Boys Novice Comp. A Final:
Moose Cree Scrappers 6
Mattagami Eagles 0

Boys Atom Comp. A Final:
C.M.O. United 2
Moose Factory Scrappers 1

Boy’s PeeWee Comp. A Final:
Batchewana Attack 6
SN Wolverines 0

Boys Bantam Comp. A Final :
Six Nations Ironmen 2
OAK Eagles 1

Boys Midget Comp. A final:
Nipissing Warriors 3
Akwesasne 0

Girls Novice A Final:
Curve Lake 2
CMO United 1

Girls Novice A Final:
Curve Lake 2
Wikki Lady Hawks 1

Girls PeeWee A Final
Whitefish River Warriors 6
Serpent River 2

Girls Bantam A Final:
CMO United 2
Garden River 1

Girls Midget A Final:
Nipissing First Nations 3
Six Nations Wild 2

Boys Novice Rec. Finals:
Garden River 8
Curve Lake Screaming Eagles 3

Boys Atom Rec. Final:

Curve Lake Screaming Eagles 3
Nawash Warriors 2

Boys PeeWee Rec. Final:
Ginoogaming Winterhawks 3
Chippewas of Nawash 2

Boys Bantam Rec. A Final:
CMO Chiefs 5
M’Chigeeng Thunderbirds 3

Pic River Sharks 4
Attawapiskat 1

Congratulations to all Six Nations and New Credit players who participated in this year’s lil’ NHL.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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