Girls get taste of high-level hockey

Local trio make their marks as part of Vancouver Island select team

PORT McNEILL—What they thought was an impromptu exhibition game turned into a de facto tryout for a trio of local hockey players, who competed on a Vancouver Island select team in the Challenge Cup tournament.

Kerrigan Sharpe, Mercedes Trevor and Randi Ward of Port McNeill each earned spots on the Young Guns 99-00 girls select squad.

They were invited onto the team after skating for the Triport Peewee She-devils, a first-year, all-girls program, in an exhibition game in December against a Campbell River girls team.

That team was coached by Dennis Bellivance, who also coached the Young Guns select team, made up of girls from across Vancouver Island and Powell River.

“I said, ‘I guess you’ll be expecting the girls to try out,'” said Boni Sharpe, founder and coach of the She-devils team. “And their manager told me, ‘From what Dennis said, they’re on the team.'”

Throughout the spring, the three girls traveled each weekend to Parksville for two days of practice and games, along with dry-land training and other coaching that comes with playing on a select team.

Because the three missed a team fund-raising activity down-Island, they held their own Walk-and-roll-athon, which involved puck-handling up and down the hilly streets of Port McNeill.

“They went 5-k, and it took them about two-and-a-half hours,” Boni Sharpe said. “But they raised $482.”

The spring season culminated with a trip to the Challenge Cup at Twin Rinks in Langley. Trevor, Ward and Kerrigan Sharpe each scored and made key contributions as the Young Guns reached the championship final and brought home silver medals.

Trevor scored one game-winner, and Sharpe and Ward combined to set up the clinching goal in the game that sent them to the final.

“The teams that played against them were serious competition,” Boni Sharpe said. “They weren’t the best players there, just middle of the pack, but they improved every time out.”

The team’s coaching staff included additional North Island connections. Alli Schneider, who formerly played and helped coach in the Port Hardy Minor Hockey Association, was an assistant coach and former Port Hardy resident Shelley Cook was the dry-land trainer for the team.

Sharpe said the three girls can keep their spots in the program as the Young Guns stick together and transition to older age play.

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy’s RCMP Staff Sgt. Wes Olsen: ‘It’s business as usual’ after cannabis legalization

Local RCMP will still be on the lookout for impaired driving despite cannabis legalization.

Jay Dixon finishes top three for School and District Leadership award

“I believe it’s all of our responsibility for our schools to provide quality education,” said Dixon.

7 Mile Landfill operations tender closes October

Taxes covering the landfill have not increased over the past 15 years and are not expected to soon.

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Ignoring climate change poses potential catastrophe for B.C.

Fisheries scientist says ‘extraordinary challenges’ in water management lie ahead

Grow ops left in legal weeds

“I think people are going to get a big surprise that it’s not going to change things much.”

Driving with dope: Police talk rules on cannabis in the car

Even though pot is legal, you can’t smoke in the car

B.C. teens fined for possession of pot on legalization day

The pair received $230 fines for smoking pot in public

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Tyson’s Thoughts: It’s finally legal!

I might just go peruse a legal cannabis shop or two once they start to pop up around Port Hardy.

Nurses deliver 24,000 anti-violence postcards to B.C. Health Minister

Nurses delivered thousands of postcards to the front steps of the B.C. legislature, each carrying a message for violence prevention

Openly gay, female priest of B.C. church defying norms

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Most Read