Our Atom team apparently didn’t like the line changes and the match ups that coach James DeSanto was calling, so in true Terrier fashion they decided to duct tape him to a pole until he agreed to listen to their counter strategies… It worked but only after 24 hours of being stuck to a pole!
But seriously… Coach James gave the guys a team challenge and if they accomplished it, he would let them tape him to a pole. Well, I don’t know about you, but it looks like they rose to the challenge. Perhaps in the future, coach James will set a tougher team challenge. Either that or allow a few more dollars in the team budget for additional duct tape!
The GTHL teamed up with “Babsocks” in a sales initiative to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in Canadian youth sport. Our Minor Atom team rose up to the challenge and sold 600 pairs of Babsocks, placing third in the entire G!! For this incredible accomplishment, they were awarded a training session with stick handling specialist Pavel Barber. It was a great experience for the boys who also received autographed pucks and individual photo ops with the YouTube sensation after the session. A huge thank you to Marianne Magee for spearheading this effort and for making this opportunity possible.
This past November, the Atom Terriers took part in the 46th Annual Guelph Power Play Tournament. After two days of round robin play, the team finished with a 2-1-1 record, which was enough to get through to the playoff round. In their first playoff match, the team was pitted against the Nepean Raiders, the team that handed them their only loss in the round robin. With some clutch goaltending and a great two-way game from the entire team, the Terriers managed to turn the tides on their counterpart and hold out for a 2-1 win to advance to the finals. In the championship game, the Terriers faced off against the home town Gryphons. It was a very hard fought battle and despite the large number of hometown supporters in the crowd, the team showed a lot of heart and pulled off a character 2-1 win to take the championship.
During an everyday hockey conversation with a parent, the Atom Terriers head coach, James De Santo, was asked if he’d consider taking a team to Beijing, China in the summer of 2017 to play in the 2nd Annual, CCM Beijing Invitational Hockey Tournament. It didn’t take him very long to answer with a resounding, “YES!” And so the planning and preparation began. Joining coach James on the journey would be his two Terrier assistant coaches, Brian Bell and Dave Chirrey, along with 6 of his current Terrier players. Continue reading →
Joe Schembri grew up in a country where he can’t recall ever seeing any ice. Even after living in Canada for close to 60 years, he still hasn’t laced up a pair of skates. “I’m from Malta and soccer is the sport there,” Schembri said. “Nobody has seen a hockey rink or anything like that there.”
Despite never playing the game, he still developed an appreciation for it, enough so to become a longtime executive with the Mississauga Terriers AA program. His son Reg played the game in the 1970s, and Joe and a group of parents decided to form their own team that eventually turned into multiple clubs under the Terriers banner.
On June 8, Schembri will be one of six individuals inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame.
“I don’t know much of hockey as far as playing it, but it shows that even if you don’t know much, you can always help,” he said. “There’s room for everybody.”