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.
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 hardware….. 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!
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)
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."