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The North Bay & District Hopper Buick/GMC Minor Bantam AAA Trappers came home with gold Sunday at the Barrie AAA Colts Tournament which took place over the weekend in Central Ontario.

The Trappers defeated the Eastern Ontario Wild 4-1 to capture the gold medal Sunday afternoon.

Masen Wray, Heath Bradley, Ayden Thomason and Jesse Lefebvre scored the goals behind the solid goaltending of Justin Robinson.

“We were a little bit more patient, we played a little bit better in our zone,” said head coach Guy Blanchard about his team’s first tournament victory of the year.

“We got some above-average goaltending from both guys and that kind of helped us with our goals against, we played strong defensively. We waited for some breaks, we got them and took advantage of it. That was our game plan the whole weekend.”

The Trappers started the weekend with a clash with the West Dundee Leafs where they defeated the Chicago squad 5-0 Friday morning. Zach Major, Ryan Armitage, Grayson Bradley, Austin Odd and Anthony Boyes scored in the win. Mikey Purkhart collected the shutout.

Friday night, the Trappers battled to a 3-3 tie with the host Barrie Colts squad. Heath Bradley, Caleb Dawson and Austin Odd supplied the offence in the draw.

On Saturday, the Trappers blanked the Cambridge Hawks 3-0 as Purkhart recorded his second shutout of the weekend. Zach Major, Austin Odd and Heath Bradley scored in the win.

Saturday night the Trappers faced the Eastern Ontario Wild, where they fell 2-1. Mathieu Turgeon had the lone goal in the loss.

That set up a Sunday morningclash with the Trappers northern rivals the Nickel City Sons, in the semi-final.

In that game, the Trappers pulled out a 3-1 win with Mathieu Turgeon, Masen Wray and Austin Odd scoring in the semi-final victory.

Team members: Ayden Thomason, Davis Anello, Jacob McGill, Lucas Nashkawa, Zach Major, Grayson Bradley, Nate Gravelle, Jesse Lefebvre, Mathieu Turgeon, Heath Bradley, Anthony Boyes, Masen Wray, Austin Odd, Caleb Dawson, Ryan Armitage (affiliate), Justin Robinson and Mikey Purkhart.
Coaches: Guy Blanchard, Bob Lekun, Troy Lefebvre Trainer: Christian Turgeon. Manager: Denis Major.

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The Minor Bantam AAA Trappers are pleased to announce that Hopper Buick GMC is their major sponsor for the 2019/20 season.

Courtesy Chris Dawson – baytoday.ca

A pair former North Bay Major Midget AAA Trappers teammates will be heading to Cornwall, Ontario next week in hopes of being named part of the final Team Canada East roster.

Defenceman Kobe Seguin, currently playing with the Soo Thunderbirds, and forward Cole Craft, with the Rockland Nationals, have been identified as part of the 44 player roster invited to Team Canada East selection camp in advance of the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Seguin had one goal and nine assists for 10 points in 49 games with the Thunderbirds, who lost in game 7 of the NOJHL finals against the Hearst Lumberjacks last spring. Meantime Craft tallied 14 goals along with 33 assists for 47 points in 59 games with the CCHL team based in the Ottawa area.

From Aug. 7-9, 44 Team Canada East hopefuls will gather at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont., for three days of games and practices as part of the evaluation process.

The players were selected from the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).

Team Canada East staff, led by head coach Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) and director of operations Mark Grady (Orleans, Ont.), will use the camp to evaluate the prospects before selecting the final roster for the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

“This marks the first year Team Canada East will host a summer selection camp, which will help the team staff evaluate and select its roster earlier than previous years and continue to evaluate the players throughout the season,” said Brent Ladds, president of the CJHL in a release.

“We are excited to start the evaluation process for Team Canada East next week, and we look forward to watching both Canadian teams compete for a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December.”

Powassan Voodoos head trainer and former Battalion assistant equipment manager JJ Johnson has been named as a member of the training staff as both a therapist and equipment manager.

Team Canada East will kick off the tournament against Russia on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. MT when the World Junior A Challenge heads to Dawson Creek for the first time.

Click here to view original story via baytoday.ca.

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Players trying out for 2019-2020 Major Midget’s be aware of the final evaluation skates as follows:

Tuesday August 20 – 7am-8am Memorial Gardens
Thursday August 22 – 7am-8am Memorial Gardens
Tuesday August 27 – 7am-8am Pete Palangio – Demarco
Wednesday August 28 – 7am-8am Pete Palangio – Demarco
Thursday August 29 – 7am-8am Pete Palangio – Demarco

For more information please contact
Mike Brideau – Manager trappersmgr@gmail.com
Billie McMillan – Head Coach coachbillie24@gmail.com