Talented Terrace B.C. team takes Atom tournament title

Northwest B.C. crowds packed the arena in Smithers for a recent tournament, where Terrace Atoms triumphed to win gold.

It was fast and furious action all weekend long as 10 teams vied in the Smithers minor hockey Atoms tournament last weekend.

By Tom Best

Terrace Atom’s took top honours at a recent tournament run by the Smithers Minor Hockey Association, which came down to a hard fought final match with rivals Prince Rupert in which Terrace prevailed 2-1.

Terrace coach Shane Dejong wanted to thank organizers for hosting the contest and was more than pleased with the outcome.

“Our theme all weekend was to keep the feet moving. We had strong forechecking and backchecking,” he said.

According to DeJong, goalie Tyler Rothwell was “a rock in net” and only allowed seven goals all weekend.

Other standouts included Sean Devsik and Luke McGee, two solid second year players.

“These kids will be solid for years to come,” he said.

Local coach Tyler Petersen, who guides the Bulkley Valley Credit Union squad, was happy with tournament since it was well organized and there was no confusion about playing times.

“All of the games were close. There were barn burners all over the place and no massive blowouts,” he said.

He explained some of the challenges of coaching a developing group and how it went this weekend.

“On our team we have a wide range of skills and everybody on the team was contributing. Our forecheck was awesome. That made for opportunities for some of the weaker players. Our goal tenders were awesome. I’m pretty happy with improvement on the team since our last tournament,“ he said.

Smithers Minor Hockey Association better get used to more teams and bigger crowds. Last weekend’s tournament was a quite a draw for Atoms teams from the northwest and it seems like regardless of placing, all went home happy.

“We were glad to have all the teams, 10 altogether,” tournament organizer Danielle Nixon said, “and it was nice to have two teams from Prince George.”

At least one team from Prince George had attended in the past and when the call went out for entries, they got theirs in early.

She felt that everyone enjoyed themselves, especially with some of the different events that were offered such as the scavenger hunt and the raffle table.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Terrace RCMP searching for missing man

Tyler Montague last made contact with family June 24

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

Conservation officers kill black bear near Terrace

Bear was getting into garbage in town, not afraid of humans

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine achieved carbon neutrality in 2019

The district reported net negative greenhouse gas emissions

Terrace Youth Soccer Association kicks off 2020 season

TYSA using a four phase approach starting with individual training

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Most Read