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Rep Tryout Information 2014-2015

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ESSO CUP is a week away

We still have tickets available for

our Ancaster Association Day on

Tuesday April 22

Tickets are $5.00 – for admission all day

To get tickets, please email: jennifersmith@cogeco.ca

 Wear your Avalanche Jersey and come and watch one of the games that day

12:00 Moncton Rockets vs Edmonton Thunder

3:30 Fraser Valley Phantoms vs Weyburn Gold Wings

7:00 Sudbury Lady Wolves vs Stoney Creek Sabres

All games are at Gateway Arena, Stoney Creek

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REP COACHES 2014-15


The AAGHA is pleased to announce our 2014-15 slate of Rep Coaches

  

Midget AA - Harry Campbell green52@sympatico.ca

Midget A - Daimon Mussell musselld@cogeco.net

Midget BB - Jamie Page jamiepage@royallepage.ca

our intention is to ice a Midget B team if the numbers warrant it 

Bantam A - Duane Gray duanecgray@gmail.com

Bantam BB - Al Pattison jpattison5@cogeco.ca

Bantam  B/C  - Terry Morgan terrymorgan22@gmail.com

 Peewee A - Rob Verbruggen brugge@cogeco.ca

Peewee BB/B - Matt Lester coachmatt@cogeco.ca

Atom AA/A - Geraldine Heaney heaney91@hotmail.com

Atom BB/B - Aaron Roberts roberts.aaron74@gmail.com

Novice B/C - Darren Murphy dmurphy176@cogeco.ca


 

Atom A team and the Stanley Cup

On March 23, our Atom A team got a special treat at their practice on Morgan B. Coach Geraldine Heaney was able to arrange for the Stanley Cup to be brought to the practice for photos. The girls had a great time and more than a few dads were just a little teary-eyed, too

Atom A team with Stanley Cup March 23 2014


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Midget AA Team


AAGHA is pleased to announce that Harry Campbell will be our head coach for the 2014/2015 season! Please follow this link to learn more about Harry and to see a list of some of the features that we will offer to members of the team.




 Sally Anderson Award 2014

Sally Anderson played in our Atom division for nine years. Sally was born with Downs Syndrome, but never let that hurdle get in the way of having fun. Sally played with passion for the game of hockey, exhibited great sportmanship, and was dedicated to the game. These attributes were an inspiration to her teammates, and was why everyone loved playing alongside Sally. With that in mind, Sally's parents decided to create the Sally Anderson Award; given each year to the two Atom players that bring the same passion, dedication, and sportsmanship to their teams, just as Sally did

Congratulations go out to this years winners: Caitlin Susi of Atom Blue and Madison O'Day of Atom maroon

! Great job girls


 






Medals keep on Coming 

In the last month or so, quite a few of our teams have been winning medals at local tournaments

 See below for our latest Championship team photos

Atom House wins Gold in London


Atom A's take Silver at Silver Stick Tourney 



Atom House winning Silver in Cambridge




 

The Ancaster Peewee BB Avalanche continue to bring home hardwarea.. this time it's GOLD

After silver medal heartbreak in Detroit the Pee Wee BB Av's coaches knew the girls were headed in the right direction, so when the London Devilettes called to say they needed one more team for their 24th Annual Tournament this past weekend the Av's jumped in

Little did they know that the reason for the vacancy was because the tournament was full of powerhouse BB teams. The ladies would need to play their best hockey just to get to Sunday and they did just that

The tourney started with a penalty filled 0-0 tie with the Whitby Wolves.  Next up was another tie, this time against the Panthers of St. Thomas. This left the girls with a (win and you're in÷ mentality as they faced off with the Oakville Hornets, a team they were yet to defeat. Somehow the girls switched from overdrive to (beast mode÷ and defeated the Hornets 2-0.

Undefeated and in first place meant a trip to Sunday's semi-final game where they faced the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats. The TSN turning point came when the Kid Line buzzed the Wildcats goal forcing one of the Sault players to cover the puck in the crease

! Penalty shot

The coaches called on (Alfie÷ to shoot and she promptly buried the (most exciting play in hockey÷ giving the Avs a 1 - 0 lead and a second consecutive trip to a tournament championship

The championship turned out to be a re-match with Whitby and the Wolves came out flying. For two periods the Av's commitment to team defense kept the game scoreless heading into the 3rd period. The start of the 3rd saw the Av's capitalize and score two quick goals. Whitby cranked it back up and with their goalie pulled scored one with 55 seconds left. Whitby gave the girls everything they had in the last minute, but the Avalanche would not be denied the trophy and with some stellar saves from tournament MVP (Hollywood÷ Henzy they held on to win 2-1 and bring the championship back to Ancaster. Congratulations Av's on another terrific tournament 


 



2014 Esso Cup -coming this April

This coming April 20th; our AAGHA will be helping Stoney Creek in hosting this years Esso Cup. Check out the following links for more details regarding this tournament.

  

 


Bantam A's Roll into Motown



Our Bantam A team motored into Detroit for the Motown Cup and skated away with it all!

Team effort, focus and discipline throughout round robin play gave the team a +11 (only 1 goal against) going into the championship game against Oakville.  Behind midway through the game, the team rallied, dominated and forced overtime. 3-0 in the shootout and the Cup was ours!

Bantam A's win Motown Cup, Dec 2013

Please see Rep Teams/Bantam A/Albums                                                                            




Thank-you to everyone who came out to participate in our 2013 Spirit Day!

 

A very special thank-you to our sponsors and prize donators.  The food drive was a huge success!    

Congratulations to the following door prize winners:

Mugs with Candy Donated by Supreme Trophies:

Amber Carroll - won 3 mugs (PeeWee B Rep)

Diane Chambers (Novice Blue)

Vanessa Giannou (Novice Sky Blue)

Libby Carte

Jen Kuwabara  - won 2 mugs (Novice Blue)

Sophia Grabsten (Atom BB)

Road Hockey Sticks donated by Louise Adam PlayOn! Hamilton:

Ella Oster (BB Atom)

Emy Speksnyder (Atom House)

Angeline Strumas (Novice Sky Blue)

Sam Brown (Bantam Maroon)

Presley Ellis - won two sticks (Novice Maroon)

Autographed Book and Picture donated by Craig Oster:

Jayne Scala (Bantam Maroon)

Autographed Picture - Brooklyn Bodden (Novice Maroon)

Autographed Hat - Harriette Hollihn (Peewee B)

Pink Bag donated by Melanie Oster - Leah McKay (Peewee BB)

Supperworks Gift Card - Angeline Strumas (Novice Sky Blue)

Reebok Stick donated by Craig Oster - Warren Russell

Bulldogs tickets and pucks:

Ailsa Allan (Atom A)

Ella (Atom B)

Shoe Company Gift Card: Madeline Lester (Bantam House)

Speakers donated by the Pool Shoppe - Kyla Vallentin (Novice Sky Blue)


A special thank-you to the Coach and Lantern for hosting the Spirit BBQ!  Everyone enjoyed the delicious food 

To all players, coaches and families, we hope everyone had an enjoyable afternoon filled with fun and Avalanche spirit!  We look forward to seeing you throughout the season and hearing all about all the accomplishments you and your team have during the season!

Good Luck and have fun this year,

Jennifer and Vernon Smith



Bantam BB's Roll in Niagara


Our Bantam BB team headed to Niagara Falls this past weekend for the NFGHA Fall Classic and skated away with the Championship Trophy. It was a total team effort and dominating performance in posting five wins and no losses, with ZERO goals against. Great start to the season girls; keep up the hard work.

 





  

Ancaster Avalanche's Geraldine Heaney inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame


Geraldine Heaney was once again at the forefront of broken gender barriers in hockey with her induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Heaney joins four men in the Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 announced Tuesday.Heaney, NHL players Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Niedermayer, as well as NHL coach and general manager Fred Shero will be officially inducted Nov. 11 at the Hall in downtown Toronto.

Heaney, her Canadian teammate Angela James and U.S. forward Cammi Granato were the first three women to enter the "International Hockey Hall of Fame" in 2008.James and Granato were both ushered into our "Hockey Hall of Fame" in 2010 and there hadn't been another female inducted until Heaney.(It was unbelievable receiving the call today,÷ Heaney said Tuesday during a conference call with the inductees. (I think you guys probably heard it in my voice.(As a young girl playing hockey, never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I'd be going in the Hall. It shows you where the women's game has come and how much further it can go.÷

Heaney won gold with Canada at the first seven women's world hockey championships held starting in 1990. The offensive defenceman was named the tournament's top defenceman in both 1992 and 1994. She scored a highlight reel goal for Canada in the final of the inaugural world championship in Ottawa. She split the U.S. defence, avoided the goaltender's attempted poke check and sailed through the air after slipping the puck into the net.(That very first world championship and scoring the winning goal is something that I always have a chance to see because they play it on TV quite a bit,÷ Heaney said. She took silver when women's hockey made its Olympic debut in 1998 and won gold four years later in Salt Lake City before retiring.

The Hockey Hall of Fame seemed a bigger hurdle to Heaney. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in the Toronto area playing for the Aeros.(It was a male game when I played and going down to the Hall of Fame any time, you never saw in any females in there, so you didn't think this would ever happen,÷ Heaney said. (I'm so glad that it has.÷

Heaney had 27 goals and 66 assists in 125 career games for Canada. The 45-year-old still holds national team records for the world championship games (35) goals (8), assists (28), and points (36) by a defenceman.(It's the people you meet, the experiences and all the memories you create playing the game of hockey is the things I'll remember,÷ Heaney said.

She lives in Ancaster, Ont., with her husband John and their daughter and son. She coached the University of Waterloo women's hockey team for six seasons before coaching her daughter Shannon's novice team this past winter. Heaney said only their four-year-old son Patrick was at home when she received her phone call from the Hall of Fame. (So he was the only I could tell right away,÷ she recalled. (I was just about to do a workout and then when I got the call I decided 'I'm not going to do it today."



Ancaster Heritage Days Parade A Huge Success!

Thanks to Rich and Cindy Griffiths for organizing our float. The girls had a great time. They were loud and proud. The convertible and flatbed were nicely decorated. Everyone had war paint. The signs were joyful and fun.

Thanks to the Street family for the trailer, and for finding the hay (picking it up and returning it). The Streets also sent out emails to try and get more girls involved, and helped decorate the float. Al Spooner donated his trailer, though we didn't end up using it, and helped riding in the transport with Donnie Street. Thanks to Geraldine Heaney for her participation and Board members Warren Russell, Walter Buchko and Martin Sarabura who rode in the convertible. Mandy Clark and Denise Lacchin helped with war paint and signs, and marshalling the girls up front. John Susi, Brent Tyers, Vern Smith and Disa supervised on the float. Other parents helped face painting and putting up posters. Lots of volunteers!

Here are a few photos:











  

 Sally Anderson Award 2013

Sally stands with 2013 winners Soleil Griffiths and Olivia Monaco.


 Alongside are 2012 winners Rowan Watson & Victoria Galvin

 with 2011 winners Chantel Teixeira & Maggie Price.

 

  




REFEREES WANTED

Open to Ancaster Avalanche Girls Association players who are over 14 years old or older.  Players who are successful in becoming certified and active in the Regional Women Referee Association (Hamilton Region) will be reimbursed the cost of becoming certified.  The Ancaster Avalanche Girls Hockey Association strongly encourages our girls to get involved.

A full schedule of Referee Clinics are now available on the Ontario Women's Hockey Association Website.  The registration package is included below, and is also available on the website.  You can access the selection of clinics at www.owha.on.ca/hcop.asp .  If you are a first time referee, you need to attend the Junior clinics.


Contact the AAGHA Player / Coach Development Rep, Walter or Warren for more details.






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