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Emily McLean belongs to a family that is rich in history when it comes to the sports scene in the Township of Springwater.  Emily was recently selected to participate in the upcoming 2023 Carnegie Cup Elite Blind Hockey Series.  Additional information on the event is posted on the website at:  https://canadianblindhockey.com/.  Emily’s family is so proud of her for this achievement.

The event is scheduled to occur from January 20th to January 22nd which is on the same weekend as Hockey Day in Canada.  It is an elite Blind Hockey Series featuring some of the very best Blind Hockey players from across Canada, the United States and Europe who will be drafted into two teams to showcase the fastest, most skilled and most competitive version of the Para sport that has ever been played.

Emily is one of 26 players who have been selected from Canada, the Unites States of America, England and Finland.  The objective of the event is to follow an NHL model by drafting the top Blind Hockey players from around the world to compete in the Para sport of Blind Hockey at the highest level possible. This event is a pilot project to create a new competitive league for the Para sport of Blind Hockey called the Blind Hockey League (BHL), which will be the premier competitive opportunity for Blind Hockey players.  Players were invited by a selection committee comprised of Canadian Blind Hockey staff, coaches, and leaders in the Blind Hockey community based on prior performances in Blind Hockey events.

The event will be hosted at the former Maple Leaf Gardens at the Mattamy Athletic Centre located at 50 Carlton Street, Toronto.  The schedule includes three games:  Game # 1: Friday, January 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Game # 2: Saturday, January 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Game # 3: Sunday, January 22, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.   The link to the YouTube channel where the games will be broadcasted is:  https://www.youtube.com/@CanadianBlindHockey.

Her home town of Elmvale is proudly displayed beside Emily’s name in a list of players participating in the event.  Sports have been a focal point of Emily’s life, as you would commonly meet her cheering on her brother Zachary and father Rob at the ball diamond, alongside her mother Denise Ritchie-McLean.  Emily is featured on the Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame website at https://www.springwatersportsheritage.ca/.

Emily’s family is no stranger to the Hall of Fame.  She is part of a family who have many inductees, including her father Rob, uncles and aunts, and her cherished grandfather Stan Ritchie, and beloved aunt, Lynda Ritchie.  Emily has been cementing her own sports career and the following achievements:

  • Won a silver medal and was awarded Rookie of the Year at the 2016 National Championship.
  • Won a silver medal at the 2018 and 2022 National Championships.
  • Was awarded the Best Defenseman award at the 2022 National Championship.
  • Scored the first goal at the first-ever Women’s Blind Hockey Game.
  • Travelled to Toronto and Burnaby, British Columbia, on many occasions to Training Camps.
  •  Last year travelled to Halifax for Training Camp.

These are the opportunities that a community like Elmvale waits for and values.  Please take some time to review the websites and help congratulate Emily on her achievements to date.  Everyone is encouraged to try and make it down to Toronto or watch the series on YouTube, so we all can see Emily in action!  This is very exciting news and an amazing accomplishment for a local athlete who knows no limits.  Elmvale is proud of you Emily!


U13 BMR Elmvale Coyotes Advance to the International Silverstick

A surprise ending for the U13 Rep C BMR Elmvale Coyotes, who fought hard and walked away silver medalists at the 2022/23 Ayr Silverstick Championship. After the tournament we were contacted to take part in the 2023 International Silverstick tournament in Pelham, and the boys deserve it!

How did we do in Ayr? The team had a strong start against Ingersoll Express with a 3-0 win. 2 top shelf goals and a shutout kept the Elmvale fans cheering up until the end of the game.

We continued our winning streak into our 2nd game versus Penetang Flames it was a nail bitter with a 1-0 win, another shutout for Emerson Fay, and our 1 goal scored by Charlie Thorn.

Game 3 against the Huntsville Otters was our first loss. We fought hard and tied up the game late in the 3rd with a goal from Kipytn Drillen-Heighton. However, the Otters matched our goal and we lost 2-1. At the end of the game the cheering still came from the Elmvale bench when we learned we advanced to the semi finals over Huntsville!

Our semi finals was against the Tillsonburg Tornados and it was our highest scoring game, 5-1! We had clean passes and top shelf goals, advancing to the finals and facing Penetang for the 2nd time in the tournament. Aubrey Ireland, Kiptyn Drillen-Heighton, Easton Bradley, Sam Dennis, and Carter Madigan racking up the goals.

Eventhough we’d beat the Penetang Flames earlier in the tournament, we came up short in the finals. The boys ended the weekend proud with silver medals around their necks!

A shout out to all the dedicated parents cheering our players on, and to our coaching staff who have done an excellent job developing these young players. We are looking forward to January 12-15 when we compete in the International Silverstick.


Coach Brandon is Extremely Proud of Brampton Brick Elmvale U15 C Team

On January 12-14 Elmvale U15 C participated in the international silver stick tournament in Pelham ON. Their first game on Thursday was against the Mooretown Jr Flags. Elmvale won with a 4-2 score. Their second game on Friday was against Krivo 14B from Colorado, a close and exciting game that resulted in a 2-1 score, another win for Elmvale. Their second game on Friday was against the South Huron Sabres with a 3-0, shut out for our goalie Hudson Phillips, another win for Elmvale. Their final game resulted in a 2-2 tie. Unfortunately due to rule changes, they were unable to advance, but had a great experience as a team. Coach Brandon is extremely proud of these boys and how they came together as a team and played their hearts out. The team would like to thank their sponsor Brampton Brick in supporting their ability to participate in this tournament.

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