Former Trenton native, Ted Brown, is bringing his U 22 Women’s London Devilettes to the Duncan MacDonald Memorial Community Gardens to play a regular season game against Troy Sweet’s, Kingston Ice Wolves, on Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm.
Brown and former Birts Handy Stand teammates, City councillor Dunc Armstrong and brother Terry Brown, have tossed around the idea of bringing the Devilettes to Trenton to play for a few years and decided it was time to put the idea into action, especially with the recent announcement of the creation of the Women’s National Hockey League.
Brown, a retired teacher, has coached the Devilettes for 9 years and is excited about bringing his championship team back to his old stomping grounds to showcase women’s hockey.
The DEVILETTES play in the 24 team JUNIOR U22 ELITE HOCKEY LEAGUE against teams from WINDSOR TO OTTAWA
Brown has had many success stories with the Devilettes since taking over the helm having won the league and provincial championships in 2019-2020 along with winning the league championship in 2022-2023.
His team has also been successful in the Stoney CREEK SHOWCASE TOURNAMENT- (64 TEAMS) where they won Silver Medal(2015); Silver Medal(2017); USA/CANADA CUP Bronze Medal(2018).
Brown has mentored numerous girls throughout his tenure both while serving as the Associate Coach for the University of Western Ontario Women’s team and during his time with the Devilettes program. His hard work and dedication has resulted in three players from his team played on the U18 Team Canada that won Gold in the World Championship in the USA in 2022-23. Four players were also members of the U18 Team Canada that won gold in Sweden in 2023.
The Brown brothers not only have conducted hockey camps in Trenton and Brighton over the years but have donated their time for 12 summers to travel to Nunavut, Iqaluit, Kuujjuak and Northern Quebec to teach youth the game of hockey while learning about their culture. Past hockey celebrities who have joined them are Wade Redden, Cory Cross, Gearldine Heaney and Cheryl Pounder.
During the game, a free draw will be held for female hockey players with the lucky winner being awarded a free week at the hockey camp which Brown hosts each August in London. The full day hockey camp runs the 3rd week in August and attracts 160 players between the ages of 6-13
Olympians such Brianne Jenner, Gillian Apps and Jayna Hefford have attended the camp to assist the Browns.
Ticket sales from the game will be donated to the QWMHA along with proceeds from Chuck a Puck, silent auction that will feature swag from both teams.
Along with the general public the Browns and Armstrong are contacting schools and local girls hockey programs to attend the game. They hope to fill the Dunc like the days when they played for the first Birt’s Handy Stand team.
Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for teens, youth 12 and under free admission. A food drive is also being held during the game in support of the Trenton Care and Share Food Bank and fans are being encouraged to bring a food item.
Watch for this follow up story and more in the October Hockey Edition of Total Sports Quinte.
Story submitted by Duncan Armstrong