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.”
It was GREAT to see everyone out at the year end banquet! A good time was had by all.
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“Mississauga Terriers – 2017 Banquet”
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Magic happened on April 3 at Erin Mills arena.
Usually our meeting room between the two ice surfaces is dark and locked. GTHL teams are playing in distant rinks like Herb Carnegie or Scotiapond in the last few games before the season ends, but on April 3 it was different.
The Minor Peewee Terriers were on the ice on Rink One, the meeting room was open, the coffee was warm, there were endless doughnuts and the rink was packed.
And the hockey was superb!
Going into the evening the Terriers held a 6-2 series lead agains the North York Knights, a team that had been defeated only three times before the beginning of the playoffs. They had the reputation of being the best. Fast, hard-working, great playmakers and always winners. Yet our Terriers were better!
Tryouts for all teams will be held at Erin Mills Twin Arena April 16, and 17. For a full schedule by team including contact information, please click here.
We would like to extend congratulations to our Minor Bantam team for finishing first in the GTHL West.
Well Done Terriers!