|Minor Atom||Vic Catalano||Coach||416-456-0931|
|Minor Peewee||Troy Gaskin||Coach||416-419-3615|
|Minor Bantam||John Henriques||Coach||416-560-6949|
|Minor Midget||Rick Murphy||Coach||647-405-3232|
|Midget Jr.||Steve MacNeil||Coach||647-620-1477|
|Midget Sr.||Mark Hrinco||Coach||647-390-8518|
On any given Monday night at Erin Mills Arena there are two things you’ll see for certain: the Terriers taking to the ice and Terriers President Jack Brooks talking to parents and players, making sure everything is running smoothly.
Jack’s presence with the Terriers organization has been a constant for the past 25 years. Starting as a coach, Jack made a name for himself by winning three city championships followed by an OHF Championship with his son’s Midget “AA” team.
With his son graduated out of minor hockey, Jack was asked by the now former Terriers President Joe Schembri to stay involved with the organization. “The first time I met Jack was in a dressing room at Erin Mills Arena,” explained former Terriers General Manager Ken Wolff, who was introduced to Jack by Joe. “He was really determined to make it work despite having a full-time job.” Balancing his work life with the Terriers, Jack always made an effort to ensure the operation of the Terriers went off without a hitch. Following his retirement, Jack able dedicate a substantial amount of his time to the organization.
There is no other coach that Adam Chirrey would rather play for than Mississauga Terriers Minor Peewee “AA” Head Coach James De Santo. “Coach James has been my coach for the past four years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Chirrey. “Coach James knows his hockey, but more importantly, he knows how to treat us kids.”
Growing up as a minor hockey player in the MTHL, James De Santo had similar experiences to Adam when it came to his coaches. Beyond the championship victories on the ice, the most memorable minor hockey moments for De Santo involved the leadership displayed by his coaches.
“My coaches had a huge influence on me,” explained De Santo, who has been coaching at various levels since 1997. “I am hoping I can do the same through my coaching. Players have to enjoy and remember the journey and not just the result.” Continue reading
To many of us, the cold weather of the winter season is a reason to tell stories about great toboggan runs, sitting by a warm fire sipping hot chocolate, or snowmen and snowball fights.
Many who live in Mississauga are unable to share any of those moments of nostalgia. Their goal is to fend off the biting cold in ill fitting jackets as they search out a place for a hot meal. On Fridays during the winter cold some of these people come to St. Mary’s Sea of the Sea Church basement in Port Credit for a meal consisting of soup, a main course, desserts, and followed with a warm beverage.
This year 120 care packages have been put together by the Minor Bantam Terriers. Fifty for women, 50 for men and 20 for children. The care packages are filled with new hats, mitts, socks, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, deodorant, and soap. In addition to this there are used coats and sweaters for the guests.
It’s about more than hockey.
Some of those care packages will include toys donated by members of the Terrier’s hockey family. Since 2005 the Terriers have hosted a holiday pizza night for all of the players. It happens over two Mondays, but it’s more than free pizza and drinks. It started in the days when we paid admission to the rink. The deal was that on pizza night the Terrier’s covered the admission fees, provided pizza and soft drinks in return for a Christmas toy.
It’s about more than hockey.
On an unusually warm Sunday afternoon late in November as the calendar turned towards the Christmas season 17 Bantam Terriers, dressed in their blue jerseys, were the centre of attention in Toronto’s Moss Park.
The Terriers had a three win, one loss record in the round-robin. They started with two victories, 5-3 against the Ottawa Sting and 2-0 over the Skaneateles Lakers, then were beaten 3-1 by the Flamborough Sabres. They regained their winning ways by defeating their GTHL rivals, the Mississauga Beast, 5-0. That victory meant they won their division and were given an automatic berth into the Semi-Finals.