Hockey Players of the Week - Seb Chevrier & Joe Huff
by Barb Fisher, photo supplied
Choosing to defend the net is a huge decision for goalies beginning their minor hockey journey. The score does not reflect goals saved, but as soon as the puck slips by into the net, it is immediately tallied on the scoreboard as a goal against for all to see. When things go well it is a win for the team, but quite often when things go poorly it is seen as a loss by the goalie. Not every kid is up for the task and deciding to become a goalie is not for the faint of heart. Our Peewee Travellers' goalies are two of the best - Seb Chevrier and Joe Huff who are brave, strong and resilient and continue to build their confidence and believe in themselves.
Seb attends school at Ecole St. Joseph in grade 6 and follows his idol Carey Price with the Montreal Canadiens as his mentor. Seb chooses a healthy, energy boosting pre-game meal of pasta because according to Seb, if you eat "crap" you play like "crap". On ice Seb demonstrates a keen eye, lightning reflexes, and stands tough through disappointments, but off ice he still has time for family cuddles. The best part of the game for Seb is joining something special; playing with his teammates and being part of the hockey family.
Joe attends school at Sir James Dunn in grade 6, and his idol is also Carey Price with the Montreal Canadiens. Joe is learning and continues to improve as he hones his skills at the game he loves. He also eats pasta before the game and has a wardrobe quirk that maybe unique. He has a "lucky dude" shirt that he wears under his equipment....as long as his team is winning. If the team loses the game, that shirt is switched for another. We all hope that one shirt will do ya for the entire season, Joe! As a proud hockey gramma, I stand in awe at our hockey players who make sure that their goalie is acknowledged with a tap on the pads, win or lose.
At our home games played this weekend against Cochrane all of the players played well and deserve much praise. Peewee games ended in one tie and one win, with the Bantams victorious in both of their games.
The Novice team also did our hockey community proud as they competed with excellence at the Steelblades tournament in the Soo and brought home GOLD. Well done!
Next weekend December 2-3 the Atom and Peewee Travellers are headed to Sudbury to compete in the International Silver Stick tournament, and if Wawa teams win at the Sudbury Regionals they will then be invited to compete in the International Finals in January. Info on these tournaments can be accessed at silverstick.com website. Also next weekend our Novice Travellers will be hitting the road for their NEOHA away games in Porcupine and Chapleau. Thanks again for rooting for our young hockey players. Filling the stands with cheering fans boosts confidence in our youngsters in order for them to reach excellence in their life's journey. And win or lose, don't forget to stop and congratulate our goalies for a net well tended.