On Sunday April 24, 2022 the Scarborough Ice Raiders Select team became the U11 Tier 3 Champions. Although winning any game or championship always brings a great sense of pride, this accomplishment was engrained with determination and the underlined value of working together as a team to overcome hardships.
When the team was rostered in the fall and began playing competitively against other teams, they faced several defeats but continued to work hard to develop and refine their skills. The team’s first taste of victory did not come until late fall but was embraced with such joy and pride by all the players, coaches, and parents.
As life would have it, the team faced an incredible hardship in the spring when they unexpectedly lost their Head Coach Kyle Liberty. Many of these young players had never felt loss in their lives thus far and were faced with the decision that comes with grieving; to give up or push forward. In true Ice Raider fashion, the team decided to work even harder and dedicate their successes of the season to Coach Kyle. With the commitment of the coaches (Lewis Bouzi, Shane McDonough, and Greg Donaldson) and the parents (on and off the ice), the team continued to train and play cohesively. The result was an undefeated record and the completion of the Playoff Round Robin at the top of their tier with a 4-0-1 standing and a win in the semi-finals against Avenue Road.
In the Championship Finals the team faced a tough Victoria Village team as their opponents and defeated them in both final games resulting in them becoming the U11 Select Champions!
The journey this team took to reach their goal will forever be a tribute to the importance of being part of a hockey family. Although this season ended as an ultimate success story, it also held an underlined life lesson that these young players will take with them throughout their lives: It is only when hard work and perseverance are paired with unity in the face of adversity that all things are genuinely possible.
Congratulations to The Scarborough Ice Raiders U11 Select Champions!!
Forwards: Aliena Singh #5, Marcus Liberty #9, Taahir Patel #11, Nolan McDonough #15, Carson Natale #16, Tristan Frampton #17, Franklin Lupichuck #19, Qwinten Bouzi #21, Salvatore Ferrara #88
Defense: William Donaldson #3, Cole Gage #7, Ethan Wong #8, Lucas Coughlan #14, Matti Petkovski #25, Stephan Papasotiriou #29
Goalies: Ailsa Ross #31, Lucas Souray #33