By Total Sports Media
The 20-year-old from Belleville is wrapping up his final season of junior hockey with the Wellington Dukes. He’s in his fifth season with the Dukes and is the new captain of the Ontario Junior Hockey League club. Prior to joining the Dukes as a 16-yearold old, he played seven seasons of ‘AAA’ hockey with the Quinte Red Devils.
Seven-year-old Avery played hockey for three years in her home centre of Quinte West. While cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, her favourite hockey players are Mitch Marner, Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie-Philip Poulin. “Hockey is really fun,” she says. “I am happy and thankful that I have really awesome coaches. Big thanks to my coaches!” Avery is playing for the Belleville Bearcats U9 and under Tier 1 team and the 2015 Spitfires Development team.
Eli is five and has already been playing hockey for three years with the Prince Edward County Timbits. He loves scoring goals, which is not surprising considering his favourite player is Connor McDavid, but he’s also ready for a new challenge this season. “I am going to try goalie this year!” he says.
Addison has been playing in her hometown with Belleville Minor Hockey for four years now. She likes meeting new friends and playing against old friends, sometimes “kicking their butts.” Winning is great, while losing can be sad, she said, adding “but that’s okay, it’s all about having fun! Every year we learn new skills and we have fun.” Addison plans to keep working hard and aspires to play for Canada’s women’s national team.
Like his siblings, Parker is from Wellington. The nineyear-old has been playing for five years and loves competing for the Prince Edward County Kings and being a goaltender. He’s a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and his favourite players are Auston Matthews and Jack Campbell. “I love playing hockey and having good friends play hockey with me!”
Just three years old, Cole is excited for his first season of organized hockey. The Frankford resident will be part of the Jr. Macs program with Quinte West Minor Hockey. He’s been learning hockey skills since he was two and loves “everything” about the sport. His favourite teams are the Wellington Dukes and Belleville Senators.
Born in Anyang City, South Korea, Jackson has lived in Quinte West since 2014 and played Canada’s favourite sport for six years with the minor Golden Hawks. This season he’s playing for the Northumberland Nighthawks U12 AA team. What does the 11-year-old love about hockey? “Everything!” He’s a fan of Mitch Marner and John Tavares and cheers for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’d like to thank my family for driving me everywhere and supporting me all the way,” he adds.
At four years old, she’s excited to be entering her first season of hockey in Prince Edward County.
Hallie, who lives in Frankford, is seven and heading into her fourth season with Quinte West Minor Hockey. “The fun games we play during practices and scoring goals” are her favourite things about hockey. While being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, she loves to showcase her own skills on the ice as well. “I love it when my mom and family come to watch me play.”