Happy Valley-Goose Bay peewee team to compete in Quebec tourney.
© Derek Montague
The Goose Bay Xtreme will be participating in the International Peewee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City later this month.
Team members include: Front (l-r) — goalies Eric Goudie and Anthony Elliott; second row — Cole Bent, Camille Marcoux, Keaton Barry and Nathan Montague; third row — Will Lawrence, Guy Marcoux (coach), Nicole Kennedy, Rachael Pike, Rob Bent (coach), Jenna Turner, Brady Coles, Owen Elson, Colson Groves, Stephen Ford, Ralph Dredge, Tyler Matthews and Larry Barry (coach). Missing from the photo: Shannon Penney.
A group of young hockey players from Happy Valley-Goose Bay will have an opportunity of a lifetime later this month in Quebec City.
Seventeen players and four coaches will represent the Goose Bay Xtreme at the International Peewee Hockey Tournament, one of the biggest invitational tournaments in the country. They will be the first team from Labrador to play in the tournament.
Coaches and hockey parents have been hoping to get into the tournament for years now. But, based on the level of competition, they decided to wait until a peewee team emerged that had a deep talent pool. Larry Barry and the other coaches feel this is the year.
“We’ve travelled a few times to Sept-Iles for an invitational tournament, playing in the Quebec minor hockey system. We did that in atom (division),” said Barry.
“In peewee, the next step is pretty much the international tournament. And we’ve probably been talking about it for three years.”
“This group of kids has been coming up. We’ve seen some talent; a team that we could put together to compete at that level.”
Being accepted into the tournament was no easy task. Unlike most regional invitationals, it’s not open to just any team that wants to participate.
The organizers for the Quebec tournament want to make sure that a team has what it takes to compete with other squads from all over the world.
“We’ve been lucky enough that they wanted us to come because it’s our first time from Labrador,” said Barry.
“They usually send someone out to scout you. But where we played previously in Sept-Isles in their divisions…that’s where we had been looked at…”
The coaching staff received word that the Labrador team was accepted into the tournament on Oct.15. From there, the excitement began to build.
“We were excited because it’s something we had thought about for three or four years…as a group we were really excited,” said Barry.
“We’re going to stay together in a big lodge, the whole group together. We get to play in the Colisee In Quebec city; 20,000-seat arena. So, it should be a lot of fun.”
A skilled team
For the players, this will truly be an international experience, one that will not be easily repeated. Their first game is on Feb.15, against a team from Grenoble, France. They will also be facing teams from England, Italy, and Australia in their division.
“I feel really excited. I feel like we got a good team to go there and perform like all the other teams,” says Xtreme forward Camille Marcoux.
“I think we can win if everybody plays the way they’re supposed to play, we got a chance.”
Members of the Goose Bay Xtreme
• Goalies — Eric Goudie and Anthony Elliott;
• Players — Colson Groves, Nathan Montague, Nicole Kennedy, Jenna Turner, Owen Elson, Keaton Barry, Camille Marcoux, Tyler Matthews, Stephen Ford, Ralph Dredge, Cole Bent, Brady Coles, Shannon Penney, William Lawrence and Rachael Pike;
• Coaches — Guy Marcoux, Larry Barry, Rob Bent and Tim Groves.