It is an immense pleasure to stand today to congratulate the Cape Breton West Islanders on their Telus Cup victory, emblematic of Canadian midget hockey supremacy. After four decades of this national competition, this marks the first time a team from Atlantic Canada has won the title.
The gold-medal game saw the Islanders enter the third period down two goals against their Quebec rival, but their trademark hard work and perseverance saw them scratch back and bring the game to overtime where Upper Pomquet’s Logan Chisholm buried his second goal of the game to clinch the win. Stand-out goaltender, Colten Ellis of River Denys was sensational, stopping 43 shots for the win. Head coach, Kyle MacDonald, heralded the team leadership and lauded team captain and tournament MVP, Jacob Hudson, for his effort.
NHL Hall of Famer, Al MacInnis, tweeted his pride and congratulations; and Islander alumnus, Andrew MacDonald of the Philadelphia Flyers, bought the boys a victory supper. To president Brian MacInnis, Paul MacIsaac, Craig MacInnis, Len Tobey, Darren, Lloyd, Tammy, Kyle, all MacDonalds, and their number one fan Bill Dunphy, congratulations to all.
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Executive Assistant to Rodger Cuzner