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Midget Jr. Win Blackhawks Tournament!

The Midget Jr. Terriers took on some local competition at the Mississauga Blackhawks tournament at Iceland. The Terriers advanced to the semi finals as the 2nd seed. Matched up against a fast skating York Mills team, the Terriers advanced to the final with an exciting 4-3 win in OT. The final matched the Terriers against the 1st seed and league champs Mississauga North Stars. A hard fought rival battle was decided in OT with a Terriers 2-1 victory. Way to go Terriers!!

Minor Midget London Triple 20 Champions!

Our Minor Midget team had a great time at the London Triple 20 Shootout tournament in October. After a clean sweep in the round robin, they posted convincing wins in the quarter and semi-finals to advance to the finals. Facing the London Jr. Knights White team, they had another excellent game, winning 4-1. An outstanding performance for the whole weekend! Congratulations to the players and staff.

Minor Peewees Take Lake Placid by Storm

This past weekend our Minor Peewee Terriers took to the ice in the Can/Am
Challenge Cup Tournament in Lake Placid, New York. The tournament took place
in the historic Lake Placid Olympic village that hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter
Olympic games. In an unprecedented show of Canadian hockey skill and spirit, the
team finished a perfect 4 and 0 in round robin play and advanced to the finals in
first place overall. In the final game, which was played on the Olympic Rink where
the famous “Miracle on Ice” took place, the team finished with a spectacular
performance, beating the Scarborough Ice Raiders 5-0 to take the gold medal. Over
the 4 day tournament our Terriers outscored opponents by an impressive margin of
28 to 2. Congratulations to the coaching staff and of course all the players who
proudly represented the Terrier Blue and White.

John Vella Award

In February of 2009, we lost a great friend and Director of the Mississauga Terriers, John Vella, after a short but courageous bout with cancer. John started with the Terriers in 1983 when his son, John Jr., began playing AA hockey, and volunteered with our organization for 25 years.

John became a member of the Executive of the Terriers as the equipment manager. He also assisted with bingo, the Terry Terrier Tournament and many other tasks for which he freely volunteered his time.

So, when I think of John Vella I not only think about an incredibly nice gentleman, but I think about how “giving” he was, and how you could always count on John to be there, to smile and help. I am proud to call him my friend. Our world was a better place when he was here with us.

Thank you John.

In John’s memory we have created the John Vella Mississauga Terrier Volunteer of the Year Award, which will go to one person, who like John, volunteers their time to help out the Terriers.

Recipients of the award to date are:



2017 – 2018 Piera Cappello
2016 – 2017 Mark Hrinco
2015 – 2016 Dave Emerson
2014 – 2015 Scotty Bowman
2013 – 2014 Dave Ohashi
2012 – 2013 Kathi Melo
2011 – 2012 Ray Heslop
2010 – 2011 Gina Baiao
2009 – 2010 Lori Johnston
2008 – 2009 Susan Anderson

2018 Team Staff

Team Name Position Phone
Minor Atom Brad Woo Coach 647-466-5892
Atom Troy Gaskin Coach 416-419-3615
Minor Peewee James DeSanto Coach 416-708-3971
Peewee John Henriques Coach 416-560-6949
Minor Bantam Chris Willerton Coach 416-903-5674
Bantam Rick Murphy Coach 647-405-3232
Minor Midget Steve MacNeil Coach 647-620-1477
Midget Jr. Mark Hrinco Coach 647-390-8518